I recently wrote (okay – I signed an on-line message that got sent) to my congressional representatives asking that the health care discussion not be lost in political in-fighting and party politics. Here is what I received back in an email from one of my senators:

Dear Mr. Fine:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about health care reform.  I have heard from thousands of Wisconsinites on this issue, and I want you to know that I understand both sides of the debate.  I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what is going on in the Senate regarding health.

Congress has been working together for over a year to change America’s health care system for the better.  On November 7, 2009 the House passed the “Affordable Health Care for America Act,” and on December 24, 2009 the Senate passed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  Work remains to be done before we pass a final health reform bill.  Now that both the House and Senate have passed their respective bills, we will be tasked with merging the two versions of health reform.  I hope we can come to a bipartisan solution to improve health care for all Americans and also in getting our economy back on track and more Americans back to work as soon as possible.

If you want to learn more about what I am working on regarding health reform, please visit my website at kohl.senate.gov for more information.

Thank you for your comments.  Feel free to contact my office again about issues that are important to you.

Sincerely,

Herb Kohl
United States Senator


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