Van Hollen: Reform won’t hurt Democrats in elections
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.