September 19, 2008

Senator Wyden Welcomes the AMA to the Fight For Health Care Reform

Washington, D.C. - As economic troubles threaten to leave more Americans without health insurance, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined the American Medical Association (AMA), and other members of Congress, at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol today to commit to action on the uninsured in 2009. AMA President Nancy Nielsen, M.D., Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), and U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) stood together to show that physicians and bipartisan lawmakers understand that the time has come to end America's uninsured crisis and cover all Americans.

"There are three legs to our country's economic stool: financial services, energy, and health care. We're here today to get the health care leg back on the ground," said Wyden. "I'm delighted to have the American Medical Association as a partner in the fight to fix the health care system so we can restore health care and peace of mind for all Americans."

This event comes on the heels of the release of yet another report that proves that America's broken health care system can be fixed under the Healthy Americans Act. Released on Wednesday, the report is the latest from the Lewin Group, an independent health care consulting firm.

According to the Lewin Group's report, "The Healthy Americans Act reduces family health care costs by improving benefits, assisting lower- and moderate-income families in paying for private insurance and providing new opportunities for people to save from competition among health plans."