Democratic Rep. Ron Klein looks like a ‘yes’ on health care overhaulby George Bennett | March 21st, 2010
But Klein’s office this morning points to a one-minute floor speech Klein delivered Saturday touting the controversial legislation as a plus for seniors and urging passage.
Count him as a ‘yes.’ Read the text of Klein’s remarks after the jump….
Madame Speaker, from the beginning of the debate on health care reform, my top priority has been clear: strengthen and protect Medicare for our seniors, like Bunny Steinman in my district.
I believe that the doctor-patient relationship is absolutely central, especially for our seniors. No one – not the government or private insurance – should stand between a patient and the doctor of their choice.
When I talk to seniors in my district, many of them tell me about struggling to cover the cost of prescription drugs, especially if they have fallen into the Part D Donut Hole. That is why I took the lead and worked with AARP to make sure health care reform – this bill – closes the donut hole for good.
Seniors will see immediate relief on prescription drug prices – a $250 rebate next year, and thousands more in savings in the years ahead. We have won the fight: this reform will close the donut hole and save seniors money.
There will be other benefits for seniors in this reform package. For example, preventative care, like cancer screenings, will now be free. No co-pays, no deductibles.
We owe it to our seniors – they have paid into the Medicare Trust Fund. Taking care of our seniors is one of my top priorities. Benefits like these are critical to seniors in South Florida and around the country.
I thank you and urge support of the bill.