Van Hollen: Re­form won’t hurt Democrats in elec­tions

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The Amer­i­can pub­lic doesn’t want to back­track on the health re­form law, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said dur­ing a Washington brief­ing on the midterm elec­tions. Van Hollen, a mem­ber of the House lead­er­ship and chair­man of the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, seemed con­fi­dent the Democrats would re­tain con­trol of the House af­ter the elec­tions, even though many Democrats face tough up­hill bat­tles this Novem­ber. When asked if health re­form would work against the ma­jor­ity in the elec­tions, Van Hollen re­sponded, “I would say it’s very clear that the Amer­i­can pub­lic do not want to go back to a time when in­surance com­pa­nies held all the pow­ers.” Since the pas­sage of health re­form this spring, that power has shifted back to doc­tors and to the con­sumers, “to bring down premi­ums (and) give peo­ple more af­ford­able choices,” he said. Van Hollen ac­knowl­edged that some pro­vi­sions of the re­form law do need to be re­vis­ited, in­clud­ing a con­tro­ver­sial mea­sure that would re­quire busi­nesses to re­port to the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice pur­chases of $600 or more.

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