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[121 STAT. 2631]
[121 STAT. 2631]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007


121 STAT. 2631

(b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that the growing cost of entitlements should be addressed in a way that is fiscally responsible and promotes economic growth, that addresses the causes of cost growth in the broader health care system, and that protects beneficiaries without leaving a legacy of debt to future generations. SEC. 506. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING THE NEED TO MAINTAIN AND BUILD UPON EFFORTS TO FIGHT HUNGER.

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds the following: (1) More than 35 million individuals (12.4 million of them children) are food insecure, uncertain of having, or unable to acquire enough food. 10.8 million Americans are hungry because of lack of food. (2) Despite the critical contributions of the Department of Agriculture nutrition programs and particularly the food stamp program that significantly reduced payment error rates while increasing enrollment to partially mitigate the impact of recent increases in the poverty rate, significant need remains. (3) Nearly 25 million people, including nine million children and three million seniors, sought emergency food assistance from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and local charities last year. (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that the Department of Agriculture programs that help fight hunger should be maintained and that Congress should seize opportunities to enhance those programs to reach people in need and to fight hunger. SEC. 507. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE.

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(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds the following: (1) More than 46 million Americans, including nine million children, lack health insurance. People without health insurance are more likely to experience problems getting medical care and to be hospitalized for avoidable health problems. (2) Most Americans receive health coverage through their employers. A major issue facing all employers is the rising cost of health insurance. Small businesses, which have generated most of the new jobs annually over the last decade, have an especially difficult time affording health coverage, due to higher administrative costs and fewer people over whom to spread the risk of catastrophic costs. Because it is especially costly for small businesses to provide health coverage, their employees make up a large proportion of the nation’s uninsured individuals. (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that legislation consistent with the pay-as-you-go principle should be adopted that makes health insurance more affordable and accessible, with attention to the special needs of small businesses, and that lowers costs and improves the quality of health care by encouraging integration of health information technology tools into the practice of medicine, and promoting improvements in disease management and disease prevention.

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