U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10) issued the following statement today, following the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
“I proudly joined my colleagues today in voting for the Affordable Health Care for America Act. This monumental legislation makes good on Democrats’ commitment to treat health care as a fundamental human right. In voting for this bill today, Congress took a meaningful step forward towards delivering on America’s promise as a just nation that upholds our peoples’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“Some critics have complained about the timing of this bill, saying we are moving too fast and that our proposal as it now stands is imperfect. But I say that America has waited long enough, and Congress has debated long enough… and if you don’t think that’s the case, ask any of the nearly 50 million Americans who live without health coverage today.
“Finally, I wish to congratulate Speaker Pelosi and the members of our Democratic Congressional Leadership for their hard work, tireless commitment and vision. Through the passage of this bill, for the first time in our lifetimes, we can honestly look toward a day in our immediate future when the basic health care of every American will be ensured.”