Last updated on: 6/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that these bills will provide coverage to 32 million Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. This historic legislation will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years, with $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction in the following decade.”

“Summary of Health Care and Revenue Provisions,” www.dpc.senate.gov (accessed June 10, 2010)

Description:

“The Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) was established in January 1947, after President Truman signed legislation to create majority and minority party policy committees in the Senate. Under the leadership of Chairman Byron L. Dorgan and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the DPC has been a dynamic part of the Senate leadership.”

“About DPC,” dpc.senate.gov (accessed June 10, 2010)

Mission:

“Since its creation over sixty years ago, the DPC has served Senate Democrats by developing new policy proposals, providing research and legislative support, publishing reports on important legislation and policy issues, conducting oversight hearings, tracking roll call votes, differentiating Democratic policy positions from Republican positions, and promoting Caucus unity and cohesion.”

“About DPC,” dpc.senate.gov (accessed June 10, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?
  2. Are there penalties for not having health insurance?