October 26, 2009

Senator Wyden Responds to Majority Leader Reid's Decision on Public Option

Wyden Says He Will Work to Ensure All Americans Have Choice of Public Option

Washington, D.C.-. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Reid's decision to include a public option with an opt-out provision in the Senate health reform legislation:

"I agree with Senator Reid that health reform should give Americans more options. Now, I want to work with him to ensure that all Americans can choose those options. The bottom line is that the public option can't really hold private insurers accountable if it is only competing for 10 percent of the insurance market, because private insurance companies aren't going to change their business practices if 90 percent of their customers can't take their business elsewhere. Real reform means empowering Americans to choose insurance that works well for them and their family, while rejecting plans that don't. Including a public option is a step in the right direction, now let's remove the firewalls in this bill that prevent Americans from choosing it."