The State Chamber of Oklahoma Wednesday joined more than 740 or­ganizations in a letter to federal leaders urging a health care overhaul restart. The letter asks House Speaker Nancy Pe­losi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to not merge House and Senate­-passed bills. The letter was sent by large and small businesses and business organizations asking Pelosi and Reid to enact legislation that will bend the cost curve for health care, improve the long-term fiscal outlook for federal and state gov­ernments, increase value in America’s health care system and facilitate long-­term economic recovery.


The State Chamber of Oklahoma Wednesday joined more than 740 or­ganizations in a letter to federal leaders urging a health care overhaul restart. The letter asks House Speaker Nancy Pe­losi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to not merge House and Senate­-passed bills. The letter was sent by large and small businesses and business organizations asking Pelosi and Reid to enact legislation that will bend the cost curve for health care, improve the long-term fiscal outlook for federal and state gov­ernments, increase value in America’s health care system and facilitate long-­term economic recovery.

“At no time in this long debate has it been more important than now to take a fresh look to make sure that health reform will achieve its intended goals,” the letter states.

Richard P. Rush, presi­dent of The State Cham­ber of Oklahoma, said Tuesday’s senate race in Massachusetts is more proof that Americans are not happy with current legislation.

“Now is a good time to hit the reset button,” Rush said. “Merging two bills containing 4,000 pages of new laws which could se­riously damage American business is pure insanity. We need to create jobs, not destroy them.”

Rush pointed to weak­ening poll numbers in sup­port of the current health care bills and an outcry of businesses and every day Americans asking for new debate on the overhaul.