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Dems Running for Senate Said HCR Would Lower Costs

The facts suggest otherwise.

3:25 PM, Apr 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Senator Russ Feingold: “Washington Needs To Find The Courage To Take On The Special Interests And Act, Because If It Doesn’t, Insurance Premiums Will Continue To Skyrocket and Americans will continue to be denied or dropped from coverage because of pre-existing conditions or because they change jobs. Wisconsin taxpayers and small businesses simply can’t afford the excessive premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs that are fueling insurance company profits instead of contributing to high-quality care for Wisconsinites.”  (Senator Russ Feingold, “Feingold, Kohl Ask Wellpoint Insurance For Answers About Hikes In Health Insurance Premiums,” Press Release, 3/3/10)

Feingold: “While Americans Should Be Able To Retain Their Current Coverage If They Choose, Providing A Strong Public Option Will Keep Health Care Costs Down For All Americans, Even Those Who Retain Their Private Care.” (Senator Russ Feingold, Official Senate Website, Accessed 3/5/10)

LEE FISHER

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher Said The Senate Health Care Bill Would Lower Premiums And Provide Access To Affordable Health Care. “It has been an arduous process with many compromises along the way, but by lowering premiums for American families, providing access to affordable health care for more than 30 million uninsured, and finally doing away with the discriminatory practices of insurance companies who have denied coverage to millions with preexisting conditions, this legislation lays a foundation to fundamentally reform and improve our health care system.” (Lee Fisher For Ohio, “Fisher Statement On Senate Passage Of Health Insurance Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

Fisher; “Critically, The Bill Will Lower The Deficit And Bring Down Costs, While Helping Small Businesses Who Struggle To Afford Health Care Costs For Their Employees.” (Lee Fisher For Ohio, “Fisher Statement On Senate Passage Of Health Insurance Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

ALEXI GIANNOULIAS

“‘Expanding The Insurance Base To Include All Americans Is A Key Way To Reduce The Average Cost Of Health Insurance,’ Said Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.” (Rick Pearson, “Candidates Split On Health Care,” Chicago Tribune, 1/18/10)

Giannoulias Supports A Government Run, Public Health Insurance Program Because He Claims It Will Lower Costs. “Alexi supports the creation of a public health insurance option. Such a plan would give consumers more choice, create more competition and lower costs. . . . Alexi’s stance on how we pay for such needed reforms is clear: health care reform should be paid for by reducing costs and not by taxing the middle class or health care benefits.” (Alexi Giannoulias Website,www.alexiforillinois.com, Accessed 1/26/10)

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

“Senator Gillibrand Joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) And Sherrod Brown (D-OH) To Write To Senate Majority Leader Reid Highlighting Findings From The Non-Partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) That Said A Public Option Could Yield Cost Savings Of At Least $25 Billion.” (Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,” Press Release, 2/16/09)

Gillibrand: “I Believe That A Public Option Is The Best Way To Reduce Costs.” (Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, “Gillibrand Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform: ‘A Historic Christmas’,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

Gillibrand’s Spokesperson Said Premium Tax Credits Would Help Small Businesses With The Cost. “Gillibrand’s spokeswoman, Bethany Lesser, highlighted the general benefits of the bill for New Yorkers. ‘It would provide health insurance to 2.7 million residents who do not currently have it and provide approximately 734,000 residents who have non-group insurance with affordable coverage,’ Lesser stated. ‘It would also provide 1.6 million New York residents and 249,000 small businesses with premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage.’” (Brian Tumulty, “Senate, House Bills Differ For N.Y.,” The [Westchester County, NY] Journal News, 12/23/09)

PAUL HODES

Hodes Claimed The House Plan Would “Lower Costs, Increase Access To Care And Put Families In Control Of Health Insurance.” (Paul Hodes, Op-Ed, “I Voted For Families, Not Insurance CEOs,” The Concord [NH] Monitor, 11/24/09)

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