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Democratic Leaders Counter Charges of Rushing Health Care

House Democratic leaders spent Monday hyping their years of work on health care reform to try to stem GOP attacks that they are moving too fast to pass legislation.“Anyone who seriously claims that we are rushing through reform needs a reality check,— House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an op-ed on Yahoo. In his piece, which warns that health care will become “a disaster— for the middle class without immediate changes, Hoyer highlights that the House has held 79 health care hearings in the last two years. And in this year alone, he said, Democrats have held more than 550 health care events in their districts. Health care reform has been “one of the most-discussed domestic issues in America,— Hoyer continued. “In fact, we, as a nation, have been debating about how to bring affordable health care to every American for most of the 20th century, and into the 21st. This, at last, is our moment. We must not miss it.—House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) set a rare, if not unprecedented, five-hour Caucus meeting for Monday night so that Members could review the health care bill section by section.“This in-depth look at the bill is another step in our efforts to keep our Members informed and educated on this important topic,— Larson said. He noted that Democrats have already held 10 Caucus meetings on health care and three committees have heard 45 hours of debate and amendments on the health care bill.“The American people have been waiting 75 years for us to get this done,— Larson said.