Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rep. Obey: Health care reform his hardest fight

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WAUSAU, Wis. - The Wisconsin representative who has served 40 years in Congress says passing the health care reform bill has been the most difficult legislative fight of his career.

Democrat Dave Obey of Wausau says the House passage of the reforms designed to hold down health care costs and extend coverage to millions of Americans is among the four greatest accomplishments of Congress since the beginning of the 20th century. He likened it to the passage of legislation on civil rights, Social Security and Medicare.

Health care reform legislation must still pass the Senate.

The House bill Obey voted for narrowly passed the House and includes a government-run "public option" insurance plan.

The 71-year-old Obey is the dean of Wisconsin's congressional delegation and was first elected in 1969.