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Health Care Reform Quotes By Paul Ryan

There is a consensus of willing leaders from both parties coalescing around the right way forward in health care. Reform should address government-imposed inequities and barriers to true choice and competition. — Paul Ryan

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ron Wyden

Without Free Choice Vouchers, there is little in the health reform law that discourages employers from increasingly passing the burden of health care costs onto their employees. — Ron Wyden

Health Care Reform Quotes By Abraham Verghese

The bottom line: health care reform is about the patient, not about the physician. — Abraham Verghese

Health Care Reform Quotes By Henry Simmons

Health care is a far more serious, immediate and destructive problem than social security ... The upfront investment needed to fund system wide [health care] reform ... would be far offset by the savings. — Henry Simmons

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jodie Evans

In 2008, I was one of millions united for hope and change. As 2010 dawns, change looks to me like more of the same. Instead of peace, we got more war. Instead of health care reform, we have an industry win that requires Americans to buy health insurance without any real cost controls. — Jodie Evans

Health Care Reform Quotes By Barack Obama

After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land. — Barack Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By Chris Hayes

The thing they're trying to stop is 30-million people getting health insurance. That's the substance. — Chris Hayes

Health Care Reform Quotes By Naomi Klein

Reconciliation means that those who have been on the underside of history must see that there is a qualitative difference between repression and freedom. And for them, freedom translates into having a supply of clean water, having electricity on tap; being able to live in a decent home and have a good job; to be able to send your children to school and to have accessible health care. I mean, what's the point of having made this transition if the quality of life of these people is not enhanced and improved? If not, the vote is useless.'
-archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, 2001 — Naomi Klein

Health Care Reform Quotes By Barack Obama

And I saw just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for the health care reform passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care.
I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father's story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own. — Barack Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By Eliot Spitzer

Health care reform, the marquee legislative accomplishment of the Obama administration's first term, was passed before we entered the world of divided government. — Eliot Spitzer

Health Care Reform Quotes By T. Colin Campbell

The national debate on health-care reform wildly misses the mark, with Democrats and Republicans alike arguing about who's going to pay rather than about what would actually make people healthy. — T. Colin Campbell

Health Care Reform Quotes By Barack Obama

And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. — Barack Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By Nancy Pelosi

Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President's economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation - innovation begins in the classroom - clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. — Nancy Pelosi

Health Care Reform Quotes By Kirsten Gillibrand

Nurses are on the front lines of our care. And they need to be at the foundation of health care reform. Let's get health care done - and done right - by ensuring the amount of nurses we need to provide quality care for all. — Kirsten Gillibrand

Health Care Reform Quotes By Gail Collins

I admired the way McCain worked on campaign finance reform. I admired the way Nancy Pelosi stiffened the Democrats' spine during the health care debate. I admire the way Barack Obama has raised a dog in the White House without ever putting it on the roof of the car for a vacation drive. — Gail Collins

Health Care Reform Quotes By Kent Conrad

Reconciliation cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform. It won't work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation; it was designed for deficit reduction. — Kent Conrad

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ben Quayle

I welcome the President and working with him to try to get some of that medical malpractice reform so we can get the cost of health care to come down. — Ben Quayle

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mitch Kapor

Reversing the escalation of health care costs is going to need more than legislation, yet it can be done without imposing rationing, as critics of reform fear. — Mitch Kapor

Health Care Reform Quotes By Abraham Verghese

I think we can see how blessed we are in America to have access to the kind of health care we do if we are insured, and even if uninsured, how there is a safety net. Now, as to the problem of how much health care costs and how we reform health care ... it is another story altogether. — Abraham Verghese

Health Care Reform Quotes By Chellie Pingree

A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform. The bill, titled the "Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act," was set to come up for a vote this week, but in the wake of Gabby's shooting, it has been postponed at least until next week. Don't get me wrong - I'm not suggesting that the name of that one piece of legislation somehow led to the horror of this weekend - but is it really necessary to put the word "killing" in the title of a major piece of legislation? — Chellie Pingree

Health Care Reform Quotes By Teri Reynolds

It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right. — Teri Reynolds

Health Care Reform Quotes By Paul Broun

One such troubling provision is a tax increase to pay for the $635 billion included in the budget for health care 'reserve funds.' Health care reform is desperately needed in America, but I'm concerned that $635 billion will be a down payment on socialized medicine, causing the impersonal rationing of health care and destroying the doctor-patient relationship. — Paul Broun

Health Care Reform Quotes By John Mica

Yes, I do agree we need health care reform; however, this bill badly misses the mark. Congress can and must do better for the American people. — John Mica

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jim McDermott

I have stood on the front lines of the health care system as a doctor, patient and concerned parent. Those experiences have served as my guideposts throughout the struggle to reform America's health care system. And it's those same experiences that tell me that fear and election hysteria should not overshadow the reality of reform. — Jim McDermott

Health Care Reform Quotes By Bryant Gumbel

In the first two years this is a man [Clinton] who tried his best to balance the budget, to reform health care, to fight for gay rights, to support personal freedoms. Couldn't those be considered doing the right things, evidence of true character? — Bryant Gumbel

Health Care Reform Quotes By Phil Bredesen

It's not health care reform to dump more money into Medicaid. — Phil Bredesen

Health Care Reform Quotes By James Lenhart

Health is a human necessity; health is a human right — James Lenhart

Health Care Reform Quotes By Erik Paulsen

As Congress debates overhauling the nation's health care system, it should not authorize a reform plan that would further our financial woes. We must avoid creating an unsustainable government program. There is no question that reform is needed, but health care can be made more affordable without massive and expensive new bureaucracies. — Erik Paulsen

Health Care Reform Quotes By Hillary Clinton

What I was saying back then was that we have a lot of public health costs that taxpayers end up paying for through Medicaid, Medicare, through uncompensated care, because that was in the context of the push for health care reform and that we needed some way to try to defray those costs. — Hillary Clinton

Health Care Reform Quotes By Steve Forbes

The words, 'penalty,' 'restrict' and 'violate' appeared more times in President Clinton's health care reform bill than in his crime bill. — Steve Forbes

Health Care Reform Quotes By Joseph Stiglitz

We could have saved Wall Street without putting our future in jeopardy. I predicted that there would be all-around consequences - in the long run as well as in the short run. People are now saying we can't afford health care reform because we spent all the money on the banks. So, in effect, we're saying that it's better that we give rich bankers a couple of trillion than giving ordinary Americans access to health care. — Joseph Stiglitz

Health Care Reform Quotes By Kent Conrad

We've got to have major health care reform because that is the 800-pound gorilla. That is the thing that can swamp the boat fiscally for the United States. — Kent Conrad

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mike Ross

I'm one of those that have said, one of my key principles is I will not support a health care reform bill that is not deficit-neutral, period. — Mike Ross

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jaime Herrera Beutler

Whatever we do, it is definitely time that we reboot the health care reform attempt. It's time to completely start over. — Jaime Herrera Beutler

Health Care Reform Quotes By Susan Collins

Well, first let me say that I think health care reform is important. It has to be a priority. And our system is broken. The Finance Committee bill is the best effort yet, due in large measure to the efforts of my colleague, Olympia Snowe, but it's not there yet. It falls short. — Susan Collins

Health Care Reform Quotes By Gary Locke

I understand that in these difficult economic times, the potential for any additional expense is not welcomed by American businesses. But in the long run, the health insurance reform law promises to cut health-care costs for U.S. businesses, not expand them. — Gary Locke

Health Care Reform Quotes By Michelle Obama

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president. He didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically - that's not how he was raised - he cared that it was the right thing to do. — Michelle Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By Gail Collins

Take Hispanic voters. They favor Democrats because they like the party's programs, from health care reform to government spending on education. It's not because the Republicans don't have a big enough Office of Hispanic Outreach. — Gail Collins

Health Care Reform Quotes By Bill McCollum

The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state's sovereignty. — Bill McCollum

Health Care Reform Quotes By Timothy Griffin

Many of us believe that we need health care reform. That being said - Americans felt like they weren't being listened to. There were a lot of people across the political spectrum who said we don't want a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan. — Timothy Griffin

Health Care Reform Quotes By Dick Durbin

We will have health care reform in America. — Dick Durbin

Health Care Reform Quotes By David Lincoln

The health care bill is nothing about health care- it's about controlling the people. — David Lincoln

Health Care Reform Quotes By Stephen Harper

What we clearly need is experimentation with market reforms and private delivery options [in health care]. — Stephen Harper

Health Care Reform Quotes By Barack Obama

I am here for my mother and all the Americans who are forced to spend time arguing with health insurance companies instead of focusing on getting well. I am here for the millions of lives that will be touched and in some cases, saved, by health insurance reform. I am here for the small businesses who are forced to choose between health care and hiring. I am here for the seniors who are unable to afford the prescriptions they need. — Barack Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By William J. Clinton

When I became president with a commitment to reform health care, Hillary was a natural to head the health care task force. You all know we failed because we couldn't break a Senate filibuster. Hillary immediately went to work on solving the problems the bill sought to address one by one. — William J. Clinton

Health Care Reform Quotes By Juan Williams

When you stop and look at so much of the kind of activism that has been triggered, the Tea Party and the like, as a result of Obama's efforts - TARP, the stimulus package, and now the health care reform - there is a lot of sense this government is changing. — Juan Williams

Health Care Reform Quotes By Simone Campbell

We are the ones who work every day with people who are suffering because they don't have health care. We cannot turn our backs on them, so for us, health care reform is a faith-based response to human need. — Simone Campbell

Health Care Reform Quotes By Michele Bachmann

This [health care reform] cannot pass. What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. — Michele Bachmann

Health Care Reform Quotes By Chris Hayes

Let's run the experiment. — Chris Hayes

Health Care Reform Quotes By Bernie Sanders

If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach. — Bernie Sanders

Health Care Reform Quotes By Bernie Sanders

I believe what I call common sense gun reform. Plus, a revolution in mental health, making sure that if people are having a nervous breakdown, or are suicidal, or homicidal, they get the care they need when they need it. I think the vast majority of the American people can support and agenda composed of those features. — Bernie Sanders

Health Care Reform Quotes By Chellie Pingree

During the summer of 2009, the debate on health care reform was emotional and intense. At its best, it represented the free exchange of ideas that makes this country great. At its worst, it generated death threats and acts of violence. — Chellie Pingree

Health Care Reform Quotes By Charles Krauthammer

[Barack Obama failed to sell a health care reform plan to American voters] because the utter implausibility of its central promise - expanded coverage at lower cost - led voters to conclude that it would lead ultimately to more government, more taxes and more debt. — Charles Krauthammer

Health Care Reform Quotes By Elizabeth Edwards

Successful health reform must not just make health insurance affordable, affordable health insurance has to make health care affordable. — Elizabeth Edwards

Health Care Reform Quotes By Temple Grandin

Costs for liability insurance are higher than costs for many procedures. There is a need to reform liability laws to stop out-of-control health care costs. — Temple Grandin

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ron Wyden

It is hard to miss the irony in the fact that the very same week that Republicans were publicly heralding Congressman Paul Ryan's plan to inject market forces into the American health care system, they were crafting a budget deal to strip them from the health reform law. — Ron Wyden

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ron Fournier

Obama is capable - as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility, a trait not easily associated with him. — Ron Fournier

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ron Fournier

Got good news and bad news for you, Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and, perhaps, your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional. — Ron Fournier

Health Care Reform Quotes By Thomas Frank

Liberal that I am, I support health-care reform on its merits alone. My liberal blood boils, for example, when I read that half of the personal bankruptcies in this country are brought on, in part, by medical expenses. — Thomas Frank

Health Care Reform Quotes By Sander Levin

In terms of Medicare, I'm in favor of sitting down and having a serious discussion about the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act, health-care reform, on the cost issue and changing the fee-for-service structure. — Sander Levin

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jerrold Nadler

The forces that have worked hard to stoke populist anger against reform are the very ones that benefit from a health system which puts profits ahead of quality care for its patients. — Jerrold Nadler

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jim Clyburn

Democrats believe we must have comprehensive health care reform that includes giving the federal government authority to negotiate lower prices with drug companies. — Jim Clyburn

Health Care Reform Quotes By John Garamendi

I have been absolutely clear where I'm coming from about health care reform. This is something this nation has to do and a robust public option has been the mantra of my campaign from the very outset. — John Garamendi

Health Care Reform Quotes By P. J. O'Rourke

The Affordable Health Care for Americans Act, passed by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009, was 1,990 pages long. You could stand on it to paint the ceiling. The entire U.S. Constitution can be printed on eight pages. That's eight pages to run a whole country for 221 years versus four reams of government pig latin if you slam your thumb in a car door. — P. J. O'Rourke

Health Care Reform Quotes By Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When President Obama passed health care reform, it was personal! And when Governor Romney says he would repeal Obamacare and put insurance companies back in charge of a woman's health, that's personal too. — Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Health Care Reform Quotes By Barack Obama

The president is eager to get to work and looks forward to working with the new Congress on policies that will make sure middle-class Americans are sharing in the economic recovery, but the president is clear that he will not let this Congress undo important protections gained
particularly in areas of health care, Wall Street reform and the environment. — Barack Obama

Health Care Reform Quotes By Atul Gawande

Cost is the spectre haunting health reform. For many decades, the great flaw in the American health-care system was its unconscionable gaps in coverage. — Atul Gawande

Health Care Reform Quotes By Dana Gould

Halloween Costume I Hate: kids dressed as their parent's poltical beliefs. Oooh! Aren't you a scary health care reform bill! — Dana Gould

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ari Fleischer

The reason Gov. Romney passed Romneycare as governor of Massachusetts in 2006 was because many Republicans viewed health care reform, mandates and all, as a way to inoculate against Democratic charges that Republicans didn't care about people who lacked health insurance. — Ari Fleischer

Health Care Reform Quotes By Argus Hamilton

President Obama hosted lawmakers Thursday saying he wanted bipartisan input on health care reform. Nobody's mind was changed. At the summit's end he threatened to go with the nuclear option, showing he's tougher on Republicans than he is on Iran. — Argus Hamilton

Health Care Reform Quotes By John Yarmuth

Every time I hear a Republican talking about health care reform, they say the American people don't want it. They say it so much that I think they're beginning to try to convince themselves that it's true. — John Yarmuth

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jim Cooper

The truth is that health-care reform will always be a nuisance, with version 2.0 followed by next year's 2.1. As long as it boosts productivity, it's worth it. — Jim Cooper

Health Care Reform Quotes By Matt Taibbi

The epic struggle to pass health care reform was at once a shameless betrayal of the public trust of historic proportions and proof that a nation that perceives itself as being divided into red and blue should start paying attention to a third color that rules the day in Washington - a sort of puke-colored politics that puts together deals like this one and succeeds largely through its mastery of the capital city's bureaucracy. — Matt Taibbi

Health Care Reform Quotes By P. J. O'Rourke

Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot. — P. J. O'Rourke

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jay Rockefeller

We will push through health care reform regardless of the views of the American people. — Jay Rockefeller

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mehmet Oz

True health care reform cannot happen in Washington. It has to happen in our kitchens, in our homes, in our communities. All health care is personal. — Mehmet Oz

Health Care Reform Quotes By Thomas Szasz

The pressure to reduce health care costs is aimed only at the treatment of real diseases. There is no pressure to reduce the costs of treating fictitious diseases. On the contrary, there is pressure to define ever more types of undesirable behaviors as mental disorders or addictions and to spend ever more tax dollars on developing new psychiatric diagnoses and facilities for storing and treating the victims of such diseases, whose members now include alcoholics, drug abusers, smokers, overeaters, self-starvers, gamblers, etc. — Thomas Szasz

Health Care Reform Quotes By John Mackey

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. — John Mackey

Health Care Reform Quotes By Eric Alterman

So was it a political mistake for Obama to put so many eggs in the health-care-reform basket? Well, a negative decision from the Supreme Court will certainly make it appear so. — Eric Alterman

Health Care Reform Quotes By Tariq Ali

Proximity to power has an unsurprising ability to mutate a politician's spinal cord into bright yellow jelly. — Tariq Ali

Health Care Reform Quotes By Atul Gawande

In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty. — Atul Gawande

Health Care Reform Quotes By Stephanie Cutter

President Obama, through health care reform, strengthened Medicare. How did he do that? Well, he found savings by cutting subsidies to insurance companies, ensuring we were rooting out waste and fraud, and he used those savings to put it back into Medicare. — Stephanie Cutter

Health Care Reform Quotes By Montel Williams

If, in fact, the GOP doesn't like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured? ... When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot 'em! Kill them! ... Do we have enough body bags? I don't know. — Montel Williams

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jeff Merkley

Over and over again, I hear from Oregonians that we need real health care reform that provides every American with access to quality, affordable care. — Jeff Merkley

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mike Ross

I support health care reform in this country, but the current bills we have before us are too big, too costly, and the people who send me to Washington to be their voice are opposed to them and this process. — Mike Ross

Health Care Reform Quotes By T.R. Reid

The Universal Laws of Health Care Systems:

1. "No matter how good the health care in a particular country, people will complain about it"
2. "No matter how much money is spent on health care, the doctors and hospitas will argue that it is not enough"
3. "The last reform always failed — T.R. Reid

Health Care Reform Quotes By Jim DeMint

If we're able to stop Obama on [health care reform], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him and we will show that we can, along with the American people, begin to push those freedom solutions that work in every area of our society. — Jim DeMint

Health Care Reform Quotes By Joe Manchin

I believe in health care reform. — Joe Manchin

Health Care Reform Quotes By Michael Pollan

It's been a mystery to me and a disappointment why conversation about health care reform hasn't turned more attention to the subject of food. — Michael Pollan

Health Care Reform Quotes By John Salazar

I always am a firm believer in you compensate people for their job, and so I did give them bonuses. We accomplished a lot in Congress, we passed health care reform. There were threats against their lives; they had a tough two years. They'd forgone any cost-of-living increase or any bonus before. — John Salazar

Health Care Reform Quotes By Dianne Feinstein

I basically believe the medical insurance industry should be nonprofit, not profit-making. There is no way a health reform plan will work when it is implemented by an industry that seeks to return money to shareholders instead of using that money to provide health care. — Dianne Feinstein

Health Care Reform Quotes By Cory Booker

I'm intending to work on juvenile justice reform, sentencing reform, reentry, drug treatment, access to mental health care. — Cory Booker

Health Care Reform Quotes By Lawrence W. Reed

Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact they're always busy "reforming" is an implicit admission that they didn't get it right the first 50 times. — Lawrence W. Reed

Health Care Reform Quotes By Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Both referred to the Affordable Care Act, which is the accurate title of the health care reform law, as 'Obamacare.' That is a disparaging reference to the President of the United States, it is meant as a disparaging reference to the President of the United States. — Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Health Care Reform Quotes By Charles Krauthammer

Winning control of the Senate would allow Republicans to pass a whole range of measures now being held up by Reid, often at the behest of the White House. Make it a major reform agenda. The centerpiece might be tax reform, both corporate and individual. It is needed, popular and doable. Then go for the low-hanging fruit enjoying wide bipartisan support, such as the Keystone XL pipeline and natural gas exports, most especially to Eastern Europe. One could then add border security, energy deregulation and health-care reform that repeals the more onerous Obamacare mandates. — Charles Krauthammer

Health Care Reform Quotes By Juan Williams

And there is no getting away from the fact - and this is a key point of discontent among many who are upset with the health care reform bill is it didn't go far enough. They say why isn't it in place now? Why don't I see some benefits now? All I see is the potential for losing insurance coverage, for premiums going up. That's hurting Obama. — Juan Williams

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mona Charen

Though the two issues may seem utterly unrelated, they do have this in common - both health care and higher education are realms of American life in which government has undermined the operation of market forces and caused artificially high prices. These are two arenas in which the Democrats now propose to do exactly the wrong thing. Their reform reinforces old errors and will infinitely compound the problem of rising prices. — Mona Charen

Health Care Reform Quotes By Juan Williams

Democrats cannot win elections without capturing the votes of independent-minded swing voters. And that is where writing off the Tea Party as a bunch of racist kooks becomes self-destructive. The Tea Party outrage over health-care reform, deficit spending and entitlements run amok is no fringe concern. — Juan Williams

Health Care Reform Quotes By Mike Ross

A lot of people say, 'Why do health-care reform when the deficits are so big?' But that is when we've got to do it. — Mike Ross

Health Care Reform Quotes By Ronald Reagan

[Write to your congressional representative against the health care reform proposal or] we will awake to find that we have socialism. — Ronald Reagan