Landrieu Hails Completion of Health Care Reform Legislation
Budget reconciliation package, containing modifications to health care law, passed by Congress.
WASHINGTON — United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today released the following statement upon Congress' approval of its budget reconciliation legislation. The measure contains targeted improvements to the Senate health care bill that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
Sen. Landrieu said:
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on Tuesday, creating a floor of security for all Americans. Despite the overheated and twisted political rhetoric, this is a pro-market reform piece of legislation that is going to, for the first time, put quality health care within reach for families and businesses in Louisiana and across the nation.
"The package we approved today is a series of targeted modifications that make a good law for Louisiana even better. Working families will now have access to more generous subsidies to help them purchase private insurance and we have closed the 'donut hole' to make prescription drugs more affordable for 116,000 Louisiana seniors. Our doctors who treat Medicaid patients will finally see higher reimbursement payments. This adjustment will encourage physicians to care for the nearly 480,000 Louisianians who could not previously pay for health insurance, but who will become eligible for Medicaid.
"Today, obstructionism lost and common-sense reform for Louisianians of all ages and all walks of life won. In the coming days, children who have a pre-existing condition, like diabetes or asthma, cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies. Young people will be able to remain on their parents' insurance plans as they start their careers. In addition, 50,000 Louisiana small businesses, including our smallest firms, will partner with the federal government to get immediate tax credits to help them to pay for health insurance for their employees.
"This is a day that many thought would not come. But, now that it has, we should be proud of this historic legislation that will provide a health care safety net for millions of Americans."