Veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today accepted a new assignment on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.
“I am honored and excited to become a member of the Health Subcommittee during such a critical time in the history of our nation,” Pascrell said in a press release. “Health care is inextricably linked to the American economy and both stand at a tipping point that demands bold and immediate action in Congress. With health care reform a top priority on President-elect Obama’s agenda, Congress has a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the economy by lifting the incredible burden that health care costs have placed on American families.”
The congressman said it would be his goal to reduce the record number of uninsured and shrink the number of Americans who are forced to decide between paying the medical bill or the mortgage each month.
“Families shouldn’t have to swipe a credit card whenever its time to refill a prescription or visit the doctor,” Pascrell said. “When fewer families rely on credit to pay medical bills, fewer families will enter into bankruptcy or foreclose on their homes. Investing in health care is a common sense approach that will relieve the middle class and pull America out of recession.”