Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius was in Hartford today to discuss health care reform with small business owners. She was joined by Senator Chris Dodd, who recently announced he has early stage prostate cancer.
"My prostate is probably the best known prostate in America these days. But I'm maybe not a bad example right now. I'm a member of Congress and members of Congress get good healthcare."
Senator Chris Dodd's personal anecdote set the tone at the hour long discussion on health care reform. He told the audience of small business owners that all Americans should get the same benefits that federal lawmakers receive.
"I didn't wake up the morning of june 19 when I foudn out I had prostate cancer and worry about whether or not I have a healhcare plan or whether or not I get good access to good care. I want every American to wake up with that same sense of security when it comes to healthcare in this country."
Dodd joined Secretary Sebelius who's travelling the country as part of a campaign by President Obama's administration to inform people about several healthcare bills that are before Congress. Sebelius says the debate isn't just about helping the uninsured.
"We're all an accident away, a paycheck away, a situation away from losing our coverage. Given the rising costs year in, year out, given the fact that insurance companies pick and choose who gets coverage and who doesn't. We're all at the mercy of what happens next."
Some of the proposals before Congress include changing insurance rules to forbid companies from excluding people with pre existing conditions and limiting the amount of increases in co-payments and deductibles. The House and Senate won't take up the bills until October after summer recess.