Let’s Claim This Victory!!

Jeffers —

I’m writing to you on a great day for America.

This morning, I gathered with members of Congress, my administration, and hardworking volunteers from every part of the country to sign comprehensive health care reform into law. Thanks to the immeasurable efforts of so many, the dream of reform is now a reality.

The bill I just signed puts Americans in charge of our own health care by enacting three key changes:

It establishes the toughest patient protections in history.

It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options, extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured.

And it reduces the cost of care — cutting over 1 trillion dollars from the federal deficit over the next two decades.

To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes will phase into full effect over the next several years.

But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will begin this year — some even taking effect this afternoon. Here are just a few examples:

Small businesses will receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

Seniors will receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under Medicare.

Young people will be allowed coverage under their parents’ plan until the age of 26.

Early retirees will receive help to reduce premium costs.

Children will be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history.

Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the coverage they need, starting in just 90 days.

Insured Americans will be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick, or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive.

All Americans will benefit from significant new investments to train primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients understand and defend our new rights.

As I’ve said many times, and as I know to be true, this astounding victory could not have been achieved without your tireless efforts.

So as we celebrate this great day, I want to invite you to add your name where it belongs: alongside mine as a co-signer of this historic legislation. Organizing for America will record the names of co-signers as a permanent commemoration of those who came together to make this moment possible — all of you who refused to give up until the dream of many generations for affordable, quality care for all Americans was finally fulfilled.

So, if you haven’t yet, please add your name as a proud health care reform co-signer today:


Please accept my thanks for your voice, for your courage, and for your indispensable partnership in the great work of creating change.

History, and I, are in your debt.

President Barack Obama


One Reply to “Let’s Claim This Victory!!”

  1. Dear Valjeanne,
    With Sunday’s historic vote in the House and President Obama’s first signing ceremony behind us, we think it’s high time to clear the air of the fear, lies and scare tactics that have clouded the public discourse over the past year and created widespread confusion.

    Now, let’s talk together about the facts.

    Reform will expand coverage to 31 million more people nationwide and keep premiums and co-pays affordable. It will put us on track to contain costs and get more for our health care dollars. It will reduce disparities and lay the groundwork to improve the quality and coordination of our care. It will help family caregivers —­ most of whom are women.

    Our health policy experts are here to explain how and why.

    We want to know what questions you have about health reform (including the critical steps it will take to implement it). We’ll do our best to answer them for you.

    You can simply choose from a few questions that have already been submitted to us, or write in your own. We won’t disclose who asked the questions, but we’ll post as many answers as possible on our blog and on Facebook over the coming weeks.

    Fire away. Hit us with your most pressing health reform questions.


    Debra L. Ness, President

    P.S. If you haven’t already done so, join us in urging the Senate to waste no time in passing health reform reconciliation, and then fixing its anti-choice provisions. ASK OUR EXPERTS
    Our health policy experts are here for you and want to know what questions you have about health reform.

    So hit us with your most pressing questions, and we’ll post as many answers as possible on our blog and on Facebook over the coming weeks.

    What’s on your mind? »

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