U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today called on Congress to make health care reform a top priority in 2008.
“Our New Year’s resolution in Congress should be to find a way to come together in 2008 to make health care affordable,” said Alexander. “There is bipartisan support to reform the tax code so that every American family can afford basic health insurance that doesn’t go away when you change jobs.”
“Some say a presidential election year is a bad time to do serious legislation, but I think it’s a good time,” said Alexander. “Presidential campaigns should highlight the big issues. I know of no more important issue affecting American families.”
Alexander noted that he is cosponsoring two proposals in the U.S. Senate to achieve this goal, the “Healthy Americans Act” authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and the “Universal Health Care Choice and Access Act” sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Both bills would provide tax incentives that would help Americans purchase private health insurance for their families.
“I am cosponsoring these proposals in the spirit of reform,” Alexander said, while noting that he does not necessarily support every provision in the two pieces of legislation. “These bills are an important first step toward achieving access to health services for all Americans.”