NHDP - Statement from NHDP Chair Ray Buckley Praising the House of Representative's Historic Vote to Pass Health Insurance Reform

Concord - Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement after the House of Representative's historic vote to pass health insurance reform.  Yesterday, the Affordable Health Care for America Act was passed by the House of Representatives.  This legislation reins in the insurance companies' worst practices while extending coverage to 36 million Americans and cutting the deficit by $104 billion in the next ten years.  The bill was supported by a wide range of groups including doctors, patients, seniors, consumers and Americans across the country.  All but one Republican voted against the bill.
"The passage of the Affordable Health Care for America act is an important step towards ensuring every American has access to quality, affordable health care coverage.
 "In the Granite State alone, 143,000 people are uninsured, with thousands more struggling to pay costs that are spiraling out of control.
"Thanks to the hard work of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congressman Paul Hodes we have taken a significant step towards enactment of the comprehensive health insurance reform we need to address these growing challenges.