U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, is hoping for a better prognosis for her health care reform bill now that her political party controls Congress.
Kaptur's previous attempts to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans were dead on arrival when Republicans controlled both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
In a phone interview from Washington, Kaptur said she hopes her newest reform measure will have a better fate.
She describes the bill as bipartisan and moderate. The measure has been endorsed by the American College of Physicians.
"It provides coverage in an affordable manner for the 45 million Americans who today have no health insurance coverage," Kaptur said. "Lack of health insurance is a way of life for far too many people, including children. They lack access to preventive care, only to see their conditions worsen or their lives end."
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