For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Zach Lowe or Katie Rowley – (202) 224-0981

Senator Russ Feingold

In Support of a Public Health Insurance Option

WASHINGTON - “A public option is
a fundamental part of ensuring health care reform brings about real change.
Opposing the public plan is an endorsement of the status quo in this country
that has left tens of millions of Americans uninsured or underinsured and put
massive burdens on employers.  I have heard too many horror stories from
my constituents about how the so-called competitive marketplace has denied them
coverage from the outset, offered a benefit plan that
covers everything but what they need
or failed them some other way.  A strong public option would ensure
competition in the industry to provide the best, most affordable insurance for
Americans and bring down the skyrocketing health care costs that are the biggest
contributor to our long-term budget deficits. I am not interested in passing
health care reform in name only.  Without a public option, I don’t
see how we will bring real change to a system that has made good health care a
privilege for those who can afford it.”  

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