Markey To Host Health Care Reform Town Hall Meeting This Monday
Medford, MA — U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, today announced that he will host a health care reform town hall meeting this Monday evening in Arlington.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is one of three committees with jurisdiction over health care policy. In the coming weeks, the House will consider landmark health care reform legislation.
“We are embarking on an historic debate on a long-overdue effort to reform our nation’s health care system,” said Markey. “It is important for me to present the case for this vital legislation to my constituents and listen to their thoughts and concerns as the House is preparing to vote.”
6:30 p.m. Monday, October 12, 2009
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue
He’s not a huge health policy player but, as he notes, Energy and Commerce was one of three House committees to produce reform bills. The public option lives on in the House but it is not in the bill the Senate HELP committee will vote on next Tuesday.
Here are Markey’s comments from the markup of H.R. 3200
While we are working to make the dramatic changes needed to strengthen the system for the future, there are those who are dusting off the same tired arguments of the past in an effort to thwart real reform. Our current system is clearly in need of major reform – it’s a convoluted mess that wastes money and leaves millions of Americans without insurance or inadequate insurance that fails to provide the coverage they need.
While our health care system has been ailing for decades, today it’s in the ICU.