Congress is in the midst of an historic debate on reforming our nation’s health care system and we will soon be voting on this critical issue in the House and Senate.
The bills we will be debating would make major changes in our nation’s health care system. They include provisions that would:
Provide stability and security for Americans who currently have health coverage through their employers, Medicare, Medicaid, or other programs.
Ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care through a National Exchange.
Rein in the skyrocketing costs of health care without adding to our federal deficit.
Invest in prevention and strengthen our primary care workforce.
As this critical vote approaches, I want to hear the views of my constituents on this historic legislation. For that reason, I will be holding a Health Care Reform Town Hall Meeting in Arlington this Monday.
Right now, the United States ranks 1st in the world in health care spending, but 50th in life expectancy, behind Bosnia and Jordan. Skyrocketing healthcare costs, which already account for about 17 cents out of every dollar spent in our country each year, are projected to more than double, reaching 37 cents by 2050, according to the Congressional Budget Office. This is unsustainable.
There are few other issues we face today that have such a profound effect on people’s lives, and on the nation’s economic outlook as a whole. I look forward to having a frank and open discussion with all of those who care about this extraordinarily important issue, and I hope that you can join me to talk about the pending healthcare legislation.
Who: Rep. Ed Markey
What: Health Care Reform Town Hall Meeting
Where: Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave
When: October 12, 2009; 6:30PM