Murkowski Applauds Bipartisan Healthcare Deal
Signing on to Legislation as Co-Sponsor
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WI), Chairman and Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), announced an agreement aimed at improving and stabilizing the individual insurance market.
“For months now, I have been urging a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform. I applaud my colleagues, Senators Alexander and Murray, for continuing to work towards a bipartisan solution addressing some of the most urgent and pressing needs when it comes to the flawed current healthcare law. This is not a problem for Republicans to fix, or Democrats to fix -- this is an issue that we all need to come together on. We have to acknowledge that this is a challenge we all share and it’s our responsibility to address it.
“I’m so pleased to see that the good progress we made in the HELP Committee, in our efforts to stabilize and strengthen the individual market while working to keep premiums from rising, has not stalled. I remain committed to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to build upon this progress.
“This short-term deal is an important step as we work towards long-term solutions. So many of us agree the status quo with healthcare in this country is unacceptable. We must continue our efforts to reform our healthcare system – by reducing costs, increasing access, and providing quality healthcare that Americans deserve.”