For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.
Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished:
Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.
Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.
And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.
But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.
It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe.
It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.
And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need.
This is what change looks like.
My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you.
This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains.
Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief.
We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right — and actually create the change we believe in.
Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can.
President Barack Obama
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Amina J. Turner
March 21, 2010
Statement on Health Care Reform Vote
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
NC NAACP STATE PRESIDENT
Today, not only did the United States Congress pass major health reform that will benefit millions of people and families but it will also provide health insurance and the guarantee of health coverage to many who otherwise would have face sickness unprotected.
Congress, by standing strong on this vote, has helped to heal our politics. This vote says that hope is still stronger than cynicism and that the politics of conscience is still more powerful than the politics of convenience.
The NAACP has pushed for health care reform many years as a civil rights and human rights issue. Today, in the tradition of the historical cadre of civil rights leaders, organizations, and other social reformers, who have always fought for a more just society, President Obama and the members of Congress that stood with him, as did Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson in their time, have done something for the people and not just themselves. They have revived the politics of doing what is good for the general welfare of the people and not just the greed of a few.
This is a good day in America-a good day in the United States of America and we should all be proud.
U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield
First District of North Carolina
For Release: Immediate
Date: March 21, 2010
Contact: Ken Willis
Phone: (202) 225-3101
Congressman G.K Butterfield statement following House passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“Like Social Security and Medicare before, these reforms provide a historic step toward making good on the promise of ensuring every American has access to high-quality, affordable health care. These reforms will finally bring an end to the quiet struggle millions of Americans face each day with a system that works better for the health insurance companies than it does for them. When it comes to health care, decisions must be made by patients and their doctors, not the government or insurance companies. And that’s exactly what this bill does – it puts people back in charge. In addition to providing the biggest deficit-reducing measures since the 1990s, these long-awaited reforms make coverage more affordable for everyone and hold insurance companies accountable, stopping the worst practices like denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage when someone gets sick or arbitrarily hiking up premiums.”
Precinct Meeting – Precinct 11-1 precinct meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:00 PM at the St. Lewis Fire Department 6199 McKendree Church Road Tarboro NC. For more information please contact Curmilus Dancy II precinct chair @ 252.314.5484.
— House Democrats have 216 votes needed to pass health care reform, chairman of House Democratic Caucus tells CNN.
Watch a special live edition of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" tonight at 8 ET as Candy breaks down the House vote on the health care bill and takes a look at what brought us to this point. Go to: http://www.cnn.com/stateoftheunion.