Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Statement On Senate Passage Of Health Reform Legislation

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Statement On Senate Passage Of Health Reform Legislation

WTOV – WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement following Senate passage of health reform legislation: “American families know first-hand that health insurance premiums have been skyrocketing,” Brown said. “This bill will lower costs for middle class families with insurance, while providing help to 31 million Americans who lack it. And insurers will have to play by a new set of rules, including an immediate ban on pre-existing condition exclusions for children.

“The bill also invests in small businesses – providing an immediate tax credit to help employers cover their workers. If we’re going to rebuild our economy, we need to ensure that small businesses – which create more than 64 percent of our nation’s jobs – are not crushed by exploding health costs.

“Seniors on Medicare will see their prescription drug costs cut in half and, for the first time, will have access to free annual check-ups and screenings. The bill, which has been endorsed by AARP, also extends Medicare’s solvency by nearly a decade."

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