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REP. PETERS STATEMENT ON H.R. 3962

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: Cullen Schwarz

Saturday, November 7, 2009  
Office: (202) 225-5802
 

REP. PETERS STATEMENT ON H.R. 3962


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gary Peters released the following statement today regarding his decision to support H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act:

“After thoroughly studying the bill and talking with thousands of Oakland County residents and medical professionals, it is clear we must act to lower health care costs for families, seniors and businesses.  This plan’s reform is market-based; expanding choice, competition and stability; makes our system more efficient and does not add to the deficit.  AARP supports this bill because Medicare would be strengthened, closing the prescription drug donut hole and providing new preventative care at no cost for seniors.

“This bill should have gone further in changing health delivery systems to reduce unnecessary costs.  But passing this bill today allows the process to continue.  We must keep working until we stop skyrocketing health care costs from adding to our national debt, weighing down our economy and continuing to harm families and businesses.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Peters developed principles he laid out upon which he would judge health care reform legislation should such a bill make its way to the House Floor.  Improvements were made to the original House legislation to bring the bill more in line with Congressman Peters’ principles (see chart below for list of principles and how H.R. 3962 meets those principles, and meets them better than the original House health care bill). 

Congressman Peters spoke with thousands of Oakland County residents and medical professionals about health care reform over the past months at dozens of meetings and public forums.  Congressman Peters has engaged residents and the local health care community with an 800 person town hall in September, five major health care roundtable discussions, public “Congress on Your Corner” events organized by Peters’ office, telephone town halls, public community organization meetings, hospital visits and tours, and other various meetings and events. 

In recent days, AARP, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,  the American Medical Association (the largest physicians’ association in the United States), the American Nurses Association, Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports), the American Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, Small Business Majority, leading health economists and many other organizations have endorsed H.R. 3962. 

Click here to see letters from organizations supporting H.R. 3962. 

Click here to see the letter from leading health economists supporting H.R. 3962.


Congressman Gary Peters

Principles for health care reform

Earlier this year, Congressman Peters developed principles for health care reform, standards he laid out through which he would judge health care reform legislation should such a bill make its way to the House floor.  These principles were posted on Congressman Peters’ website, made available to constituents and discussed at meetings and public forums on health care.  Improvements were made from the original House legislation (H.R. 3200) that brought H.R. 3962 more in line with Congressman Peters’ principles.

To see a tabel that shows how H.R. 3962 meets Congressman Peters’ principles, as well as improvements in H.R. 3962 over H.R. 3200 that brings 3962, the final bill that came before the House, more in line with Rep. Peters’ principles, please click here.