Last week, history was made: Surrounded by Congressmen who fought tirelessly to get this bill passed, advocates who have committed their lives to reform, and Americans who have been harmed by our broken system, President Obama signed the health reform bill into law. The law brings a much-needed end to years of struggle and begins a new journey toward a more just health care system.
Everyone has those moments in their lives-the ones you tell your children and grandchildren about. They always start off the same, and my story is no different.
I will never forget where I was when health care reform finally passed and became law.
Now that President Obama has signed the health insurance reform bill, it's time to put the nasty rhetoric of the past year to bed and start looking forward to the reality of reform.
The reality is this bill will help Americans throughout the country. It will help those who have insurance by making sure they can never be dropped just because they got sick. It will help small business owners who are being crushed by premiums. And it will help millions of uninsured Americans finally gain access to quality, affordable health care.
Today, you helped make history.
The House passed the Senate health reform bill. All of your hours, months, and years of hard work made this once-in-a-lifetime victory possible.
The entire team at Families USA is proud to have worked hand-in-hand with you every step of the way.
Insurance companies have demonstrated some pretty egregious practices when it comes to who they'll cover and if they'll take away coverage. We've heard horror stories, but this one takes the cake. Reuters reported yesterday that in 2002, 17-year-old Jerome Mitchell, a college freshman, was dropped from his insurance plan because he was diagnosed with HIV.
If you watch the news on TV or read a newspaper, you know that a lot of Americans are nervous about health reform. One recent poll, conducted by Ipsos-McClatchey on February 26-28, found that 41% of Americans favor reform, while 47% oppose. And that's in line with what the media have been telling us, isn't it?
Last week a lot of people were standing up for health care reform. There were marchers in the streets of Washington, D.C. trying to get equal access to insurance. There were congressional hearings on the subject, and 24 health care survivors spoke of their healthcare tragedies. One of those wonderful people was Marcelas. He is 11 years old.
You may have seen a television commercial where a woman at a restaurant is asking her waiter endless questions about menu items. But then, when the same woman is shown at her doctor's office and is asked by her doctor if she has any questions, seemingly out-of-character, she replies with a "no."
One of the biggest myths surrounding the current health care legislation is the notion that these reforms will add to our national deficit. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The latest figures from the non-partisan referee of Congress, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), show that the Senate health care bill will reduce our national deficit over time. According to the Director of the CBO,
When I was in elementary school, I spent my time playing in my backyard or running around with my friends on the playground, I certainly didn't think much about health care. But that's probably because I didn't have to: I was always covered through one of my parents' jobs and so was my entire family.