Senate Democrats, knocked off their feet by a critical insurance-industry report about their health care reform plan, started fighting back late Monday, more than 12 hours after the report was put forward by the industry's top lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans.
From Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev: “It is astounding that an industry which has made so many billions off the backs of hardworking American families would lecture anyone on health care costs. These insurers, and those who defend them, see the handwriting on the wall ‚Äì Americans are serious about reforming health care and Congress, for the first time in 60 years, is primed to act.”
Reid goes on to say that the industry is reacting to new proposed rules “that will level the playing field for consumers. No longer will the American people have to hear terms like “pre-existing conditions” and no longer will insurers be able to deny people the care they need and deserve. The American people won't be bullied into inaction by rhetoric and scare tactics that simply fall flat.”
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal attacked by AHIP and it is expected to pass.