Dear Mr. Miller:
Thank you for writing to me to express your views on healthcare reform. I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome this opportunity to convey my opinions on how we should reform our health care system.
I support reforming our healthcare system. On December 24, 2009, I joined 59 of my colleagues in voting to pass healthcare reform legislation. The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" passed by a vote of 60-39. I understand you are frustrated with certain provisions in this bill, in particular one that Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) secured for his state on Medicaid funding. I agree this provision was a mistake. Senator Nelson has since asked that this provision be removed from the health care reform bill, and President Obama's more recent proposal deletes it.
On February 22, 2010, the President released a new healthcare reform proposal, and on February 25th, the President held a Health Care Summit that was televised nationally. At the Summit, Democratic and Republican Members of Congress discussed the proposal, the issues they agree and disagree on, and openly worked on a way to reform our healthcare system. Additionally, the President's plan removes the special treatment for Nebraska and provides significant additional Federal financing for the expansion of Medicaid. I am pleased that the President included this in his proposal as it will greatly reduce the impact on state budgets.
On March 3, 2010, President Obama asked Congress to deliver a final healthcare reform bill to his desk by the end of this month. The President believes that this legislation deserves an up-or-down vote. I continue to support the reform of our healthcare system with a plan that provides coverage, as well as limits cost. Please know that I will keep your comments in mind as I continue to work with my colleagues to pass a health reform bill that makes healthcare affordable for all Americans.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If you should have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
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