Franken backs measure that would help those battling high medical debt

Posted on October 23, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate hearing today on bankruptcy reform, Sen. Al Franken strongly backed a proposal that would make it easier for people with high levels of medical debt to have their unpaid bills expunged through the much-debated legal process.

The junior Democratic senator from Minnesota stressed that despite the statistics people might throw around to point out the faults of the European health care systems, those countries do not share the problems that the United States has with bankruptcy related to medical debt.

“You can cherry-pick stuff to find one little place where somebody says our system works better than the French or the Germans, but we are talking about bankruptcy here today,” Franken said during his round of questioning.

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