Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Kaufman Joins Democratic Senators to Discuss the Cost of Health Care to the Middle Class

November 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) joined fellow Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, Ben Cardin, Amy Klobuchar, Kay Hagan and Paul Kirk at a press conference to discuss the devastating impact that health care costs are having on middle class families across America. Also joining the Senators were Cynthia and Eric Cathcart of Silver Spring, Maryland, who, as self-employed, middle-class Americans are unable to find affordable, stable health care coverage.

Click here to see a video of Sen. Kaufman’s remarks.

“In Delaware and across the country, health care costs for middle class Americans are out of control,” said Sen. Kaufman. “Today, skyrocketing costs and out-of-pocket medical expenses are to blame for more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies.”
 
“With more and more Americans losing their jobs – and with it their health insurance – we must reform the system to provide everyone with access to affordable medical care. The status quo can no longer be tolerated. We must come together and pass meaningful health care reform to reduce the costs for middle class Americans.”

In Delaware, the average health care premium for a family of four has doubled in the last eight years. If current trends continue, this premium is expected to reach $29,000 in 2016 – almost half of Delaware residents’ median income.
  
Building on the Senate’s health care reform bill, Sen. Kaufman also recently introduced the Health Care Fraud Enforcement Act of 2009, co-sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The legislation would further strengthen the government’s capacity to protect all Americans from waste, fraud and abuse in both government and private health insurance.

 

###

Print this Page E-mail this Page