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Official statements on the Senate health care bill

The press releases are out.

Sen. Richard Burr takes a jab at the bill’s length but basically has a neutral statement [1].

Last night, Majority Leader Reid unveiled the Democrats’ health care reform bill. It is expected we will have an initial, procedural vote on the bill sometime this weekend. While I have not yet had time to review this 2074 page bill in its entirety, I will read — and hope all Americans will read — it carefully. As I have said before, there is too much at stake to get this wrong. To read through the bill, please click here.

In May, I introduced my own piece of health care reform legilsation titled the Patients Choice Act.

The misspelling of “legislation” in the last sentence is how it appears in the release.

Sen. Kay Hagan’s statement [2] is lengthier and obviously more positive.

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has analyzed the Senate’s health care reform bill, determining it will bring down our deficit into the future. Reducing our deficit has been a key priority of mine all along. People who like their insurance coverage and doctors will keep them. The Senate’s bill will slow down the exploding costs of health care, expand coverage, protect Medicare and improve the quality of care for all Americans. Insurance companies will no longer be able to turn people away with pre-existing conditions. When people lose their jobs, they will have an avenue to get insurance.

“I was in Western North Carolina last week and learned that for the cost of one visit to the emergency room visit in Hendersonville, the Blue Ridge Community Health Center could provide health care to an individual for an entire year. This health care reform bill will give families and small businesses the ability to access and choose their health insurance, leaving the ER as the safety net it is intended to be. The Senate bill will reform the current health care system by supporting innovative programs, such as medical homes. Pioneered in North Carolina, patient-centered medical homes emphasize the connection between a patient and a primary care physician.

“We have taken a critical step forward in the process of getting a bill to the President’s desk. I am taking the time to read all of the details of the measure, and will continue working with my colleagues on final legislation that provides stability and security to North Carolina families.”

Recent statements make it clear that Hagan is committed to reform. Burr has shown that he is staunchly opposed to expanding health coverage. The only question is whether or not he will help block an up-or-down vote on the bill.