Crapo says health care reform needed, but not a single payer system

Crapo says health care reform needed, but not a single payer system
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is pushing a health care reform bill, called the Healthy Americans Act, that has both Democrats and Republicans as sponsors.

Crapo says it is a bill that will work without going to far when it comes to fixing the health care problem.

Crapo says the bill would make sure that everyone is the country is insured and that their health insurance is portable, so they can take it with them if they change or lose their job.

Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the Healthy Americans Act is a strong legislative option for health care reform that will expand coverage to everyone without driving up costs or raising taxes.

"The Healthy Americans Act would guarantee private health care coverage to all Americans," Crapo said late last week as the bill was reintroduced. "Individuals who are happy with their employer-sponsored health plan have the option to keep their existing coverage. For those who are not currently covered or would like to change their coverage, the bill provides increased choice and portability."

Crapo's colleagues in neighboring Oregon and Utah, Senators Ron Wyden and Robert Bennett introduced the bill with Crapo last year. Others sponsors include Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Bill Nelson (D-Florida).