NHDP Chair Ray Buckley Praises Senate Democrats For Voting to Pass Health Insurance Reform

Concord - Today, in an historic Christmas Eve vote, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined her Democratic colleagues to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The bill passed with unanimous support from Democrats despite weeks of Republican stall tactics and attempts to keep the bill from coming to a vote.  In response, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement: 

"Today's vote marks an historic moment in the decades-long struggle to pass comprehensive health reform.  I'm proud that Senator Shaheen joined with her Democratic colleagues to pass the most significant development in domestic policy since Social Security was created.  The bill will expand coverage to more than 30 million Americans including 143,000 Granite State citizens, and help countless more who are struggling with health care costs that spiraling out of control.

"In addition, thanks in large part to the hard work of Senator Shaheen, this bill is also the greatest deficit reduction package passed in the last decade - reducing the deficit by more than $130 billion in the next 10 years.

"Specifically, the legislation will include four key cost savings provisions that she authored, including measures that will help Americans access more affordable prescription drugs, prevent costly hospital readmissions, improve the coordination of care, and protect access to comparative effectiveness research so that patients and doctors can make more informed choices.