Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Ellison to Support Historic Health Care Legislation

Mar 21, 2010
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-5th District) voiced his strong support today for the impending votes on the historic health care legislation before the U.S. Congress.

“For me, this legislation represents progress toward universal health care for all Americans,” Ellison stated. “Every landmark piece of legislation had a beginning. Women’s rights did not end with the 19st Amendment; Civil Rights did not end with the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; Social Security enacted in 1935, and Medicare in 1965, did not begin as we know them today. So too is it with this health care reform bill. It is a beginning – and an important one,” Ellison said

“When 40,500 uninsured Fifth District residents have health care coverage – that is change. When 9,700 Fifth District residents with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied coverage – that is change. When 57,000 Fifth District young adults can obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans – that is change. When insurance coverage for 358,000 Fifth District residents is improved – that is change, and when the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers is reduced by $101 million – that is positive change.” the Congressman stated.

“I have long been an ardent advocate of the single payer health care system and a robust public option, however I wholeheartedly support this bill as a foundation. And when thirty-two million more Americans have health insurance it is a good beginning. At the same time, when $1.3 trillion in deficit spending (accumulated over the past eight years) is reduced, it is a good start.”

“I look forward to enthusiastically casting my yes vote for this historic beginning in American health care,” Ellison concluded.