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Pelosi Statement on Congressman Anthony Weiner's Single Payer Alternative

Saturday, November 7, 2009 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on Congressman Anthony Weiner's single payer alternative:

"Within the next few days, the House will vote on the most comprehensive health care legislation in our history.  Our bill will provide affordability to the middle class, security to our seniors, and responsibility to our children by not adding a dime to the deficit.  While our bill contains unprecedented reforms, including an end to discrimination for pre-existing conditions and a prohibition on raising rates or dropping coverage if you become ill, our bill cannot include provisions some strongly advocated.  The single payer alternative is one of those provisions that could not be included in H.R. 3962, but which has generated support within the Congress and throughout the country. 

"Congressman Anthony Weiner has been a forceful and articulate advocate for the single payer approach and our legislation.  His decision not to offer a single payer amendment during consideration of H.R. 3962 is a correct one, and helps advance the passage of important health reforms by this Congress.  While single payer, like other popular proposals, is not included in the consensus bill we will vote on this week, Congressman Weiner has been a tireless and effective advocate for progress on health care, and his work has been a vital part of achieving health care reform."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House

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