Today, comprehensive health reform came one step closer to becoming a reality. This afternoon, the House Budget Committee voted to advance the legislation to the next phase in the process. After over a year of debate, the final package is only days away from getting the up-or-down vote Americans deserve.
This is good news for all the Americans suffering in the current system. Across the country, millions of Americans have seen their health insurance premiums skyrocket or have been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Health care costs are crushing business, family, and government budgets. And without action, we know these problems will only get worse.
Today, the Budget Committee took an important step forward toward giving these families and small business owners some relief. It’s time for Congress to finish the job and pass reform that will give Americans control over their health care choices.
Kathleen Sebelius is Secretary of Health and Human Services