March 03, 2010

Udall Statement on President’s Health Reform Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement after President Obama unveiled his health reform proposal and plans for passage of the landmark legislation:

"The proposal President Obama laid out today melds together many of the best ideas from the Senate and House, Democrats and Republicans, and gives us a clear path forward in passing this critical legislation so that every New Mexican has access to quality, affordable health care.

"Throughout this process, one of our primary goals has been to put Americans back in control of their health care by holding insurance companies accountable. For too many years, Americans have watched helplessly as their premiums skyrocketed. They have watched as their coverage was denied or canceled altogether when they got sick. This legislation will put a stop to all of that.

"Health insurance companies must be held accountable - and today's report that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico plans to increase premiums for individual plans by almost 25 percent is another example of why these reforms are desperately needed. At a time when New Mexicans are still struggling to support their families, they can't afford another exorbitant rate increase from a health insurance company that continues to put profit above people."