Click HERE to read Senator Collins’ floor remarks
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) spoke from the Senate floor this afternoon to urge her colleagues to support legislation she introduced with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that would substantially lower the cost of health insurance and increase the affordability of insurance for millions of Americans who purchase plans in the individual market.
“When our country is confronted with such a serious problem, Americans expect us to come together. They expect us to work constructively. They expect us to provide real relief from the rising cost of health insurance that makes health insurance unaffordable to far too many Americans. And that is precisely what our plan would do,” said Senator Collins. “Let me be crystal clear: our proposal is the last opportunity to prevent these rate increases, which will be announced on October 1st. And our package will help to stabilize the insurance markets and make them more competitive. Every study has shown that our bills would make health insurance more affordable.”
“We must not lose sight of the goal, and that is making health insurance more affordable for millions of Americans,” Senator Collins continued. “Including our insurance package in the Omnibus is the right thing to do, and it is urgent that we do it now.”
According to the leading health care experts at Oliver Wyman, Senators Collins and Alexander’s proposal would lower health insurance premiums in the individual market by as much as 40 percent compared to what people will otherwise pay if Congress fails to act. It would also expand coverage to an additional 3.2 million individuals.
Background on the proposal:
Click HERE for the text of the proposed legislation.