Vitale testifies for health care law

State Sen. Joseph Vitale, vice chairman of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, testified Wednesday in support of the federal health care reforms.

Vitale, (D-19), Woodbridge, testified before a congressional subcommittee regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While he acknowledged that the law is imperfect, he said it has created a framework for states to provide universal and affordable health care to the 47 million uninsured people around the country.

“So many Americans who struggle every day, work hard for their families and do the right thing, will by and large never afford the cost of health insurance and the care that all of us with an insurance card enjoy,’’ he testified.

Vitale said that his testimony came in part as a response to efforts by Republicans in Washington to defund key elements of the reform law, including health insurance exchange grants, and school-based health centers.

Vitale testifies for health care law