Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo, offered the following thoughts on health care in his letter to constituents:
I am committed to a health care plan that covers every single American, reduces the cost of care, allows people to keep their insurance if they like, and prohibits insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions or onset of a tragic illness. Period. I am willing to do whatever is necessary to construct a plan that accomplishes those central goals. I believe in the public option, but frankly, I do not care what that plan is called or who gets credit as long as it works.
We would be well served, when we return to Washington, to reset the discussion, take a deep breath and look at the plans on the table and ideas not yet considered with fresh eyes. It is absolutely critical we make this work and I am willing to listen to any idea and consider any adjustment that covers every American and reduces the cost of health care.