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Harkin Reacts To CBO Senate Health Reform Score

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)

A politically busy day for Iowa Democratic Senator, Tom Harkin. Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He appeared on the MSNBC Cable Network Wednesday with Rachel Maddow, after earlier issuing a statement on the score given to the Senate version of health reform. Below is the Harkin statement:

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the Senate health reform measure at $849 billion over 10 years and showed it cuts the deficit by $127 billion in its first decade.  Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

“We know the stakes in this health reform debate: the rising number of uninsured Americans in this country, increasing chronic diseases, small businesses unable to provide coverage to their employees, far too many Americans denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition and for those that can find coverage, a lack of choice in the insurance marketplace and rising premiums.  All of which is further straining our economy.

“With the CBO score released today, the benefits of the Senate health reform proposal are coming into focus.  It will address each one of these concerns by expanding coverage, providing needed insurance reforms and increasing access to prevention and wellness so that we keep people well, rather than treat them once they become sick.  All in all, it came in under target and it is paid for.  It is a good deal for America.”

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

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