Chairman Rockefeller Statement on Recent Misleading Health Insurance Industry Report

October 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement in response to the recent release of a report from the health insurance industry.
“The misleading and harmful claims made today by the profit-driven insurance companies are politicking for corporate gain at its worst. 
“At a time when millions are suffering every day in the hands of our broken health care system, the idea that anyone’s concern should be whether the insurance companies make enough money is absurd.  
“Health insurance companies have been laughing all the way to the bank for generations while people suffer.  The industry stands today as the greatest impediment to real health care reform.  
“Their recent statements only further highlight that our focus here in Congress must be on the inclusion of a public health insurance option in the marketplace to protect families and put more money back in their wallets by creating greater competition and driving down costs.”