Langevin Announces Support for Health Reform

In a letter to supporters, Representative James Langevin confirms what he has long telegraphed - he will be a vote in favor of health reform. Langevin's pro-life views had raised some questions about whether he would back a Senate version of the bill containing less stringent restrictions on federal funding for abortion. From his letter:

This Sunday, after a year of deliberation, the House of Representatives will take a historic vote on health reform.  After much deliberation of my own, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that I will support H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Since I was first elected to Congress in 2000, thanks in large part to your support, I have advocated for many of the health reforms that I will be proudly voting for this weekend. I truly believe this legislation will not only provide over 140,000 uninsured Rhode Islanders with access to quality, affordable care, but it will also improve the health care system for those who already have insurance and put us on a path to fiscal stability on both the state and federal levels.

Among many beneficial and historic provisions, this bill will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the first 10 years, end the unfair exclusion of those with pre-existing conditions and ban lifetime coverage caps, which are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

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