Here's DFL Sen. Al Franken's reaction to the health care deal reached by Senate Democrats:
"Throughout this debate I have tried to keep focused on the concerns I hear as I travel Minnesota," said Sen. Franken."Minnesota families tell me they are afraid of losing coverage because of a pre-existing condition, going bankrupt due to health care crisis, or not being able to afford any coverage at all as their premiums skyrocket."
"With the release of this manager's amendment and the announcement that we now have the votes required to pass it, we're on the verge of being able to cover millions of Americans and stop the explosion of health care costs for families. I don't want to oversell what this bill will do, but I am confident it will make some very important improvements in people's lives."
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office also released a statement saying the proposal includes several provisions that Klobuchar fought for:
"This final package includes many provisions that I've fought to include for months," said Klobuchar. "The EARLY Act helps young women battling breast cancer, the Medicare fraud amendments will save billions of dollars for our taxpayers, the one-year delay in implementation of the medical device tax was important to our job-creating medical device industry, and, most importantly, the value index I authored for Medicare payments remains in the bill, as do other important cost reform measures."