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08.24.2021 / Statement

House passage of budget resolution signals an opportunity for lower health care costs

Washington, D.C. – Jen Taylor, Senior Director of Federal Relations at Families USA, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that paves the way for a reconciliation bill that includes bold changes to lower health care costs.

“Now that the House of Representatives has joined the U.S. Senate in passing the FY22 budget resolution, we are on track to implement landmark legislation that would significantly lower health care costs, improve racial and ethnic disparities and ensure everyone in America can lead a healthier life. These are fundamental principles that we should all be able to agree on no matter what part of the country we are from or where on the political spectrum we fall.

“Congress needs to seize this moment by developing and enacting big and bold legislation that ensures that our wealth does not determine our health. They need to boost access to health care, increase affordability, close coverage gaps and lower the cost of prescription drugs so that no one has to go without health care because of where they live, where they are from, or the amount of money in their pockets.

“As our nation and world are grappling with unprecedented challenges, the budget resolution and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) offer a chance for us to come together to boost health, equity, and economic outcomes for America’s families.”