Wyden Tells OMA Fight for Free Choice Continues
October 5, 2009 -- Despite his failure to convince his colleagues to pass a free choice amendment to the $880 billion healthcare bill winding its way through Congress, Senator Ron Wyden refuses to give up the fight.
Free choice is “absolutely the key to healthcare reform,” he told physicians attending an Oregon Medical Association meeting last Saturday. Otherwise, “more than 200 million Americans working for large employers won’t have any choice of healthcare coverage.”
Congress needs to do more than just pour billions of new dollars into a broken healthcare system, he insisted. “Promoting choice is one of the most important elements of healthcare reform; it’s how we get the most affordable coverage and promote accountability.”
He believes tort reform is another essential component of healthcare reform, yet the issue hasn’t been discussed by the Senate Finance Committee, which Wyden called “disappointing.”
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