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Barrow on Healthcare Reform
Tuesday, 24 November 2009

November 24--  Congressmah John Barrow addresses health care reform in his monthly newsletter.

Fixing our broken health care system is one of the most important issues facing our country today, and it’s one of the reasons I came to Congress. Folks are being “priced out” of the health insurance market through no fault of their own, costs are going up at an unsustainable rate, and we’re getting less and less coverage for every dollar we spend on health insurance. H.R. 3962, the most recent health care reform bill, fixes some of the problems with the health care system, but it doesn’t do enough to fix the most serious problems.

I recently wrote an editorial, published in the Savannah Morning News, that lays out the health care reform we need, and what I will continue to support as we move forward.

To read Congressman Barrow’s editorial in the Savannah Morning News, click here.

Unless we do a better job of regulating the health insurance industry, they will continue to take advantage of their customers with higher premiums and denial of coverage. And we can’t just throw money at health care reform. Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office acknowledges that this bill would not bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care and will take us further down the road of unsustainable spending.

Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road. The Senate still has to vote on its version of reform legislation, and then we’ll reconcile the Senate bill and the House bill. I’m optimistic that in that process we’ll be able to craft real reform that’s cost-effective, ends abusive practices by the health insurance companies, and provides Americans with expanded access to quality, affordable health care.

As always, I’d like to hear what’s on your mind. I urge you to visit my website, www.barrow.house.gov, or call my office toll free at 1-866-890-6236.


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