Tester: ‘We’re now moving forward’ to fix broken insurance system

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in response to the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic health insurance reform bill:

“After decades of sliding backwards, today we finally change direction.  We’re now moving forward to fix our broken health insurance system. 

“Today we get tough on insurance companies, so no Montanan goes bankrupt because of a pre-existing condition, or because some insurance company decides when a Montanan has gotten enough care.

“Today we make Medicare stronger by going after waste and fraud.  We take the first steps to save our country hundreds of billions of dollars with smart reforms that slow down the runaway cost of health care. 

“And we make sure folks can keep their current health insurance if they are happy with it.”

Tester voted for the health insurance reform bill last Christmas Eve.

Tester did not attend today’s bill signing ceremony as he was meeting with Montanans at his Senate office as scheduled.