HCR Bill Signed into Law
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. While it is a beautiful day here in south Florida, I am feeling under the weather today.
So since I am not feeling that great, I will be spending most of the day resting and sleeping. Unfortunately, I will have to miss a meeting at Fusion this evening. I do not want to take the chance of making someone else sick since I hate it when someone does that around me.
But I do have some great news.
President Obama just signed the last piece of the health reform bill into law. We did it. We made health reform a reality.
It has been a tough journey, and we did not win everything. But since Health Care for America Now launched in July of 2008, we have done amazing things. Here are just a few snapshots:
* We made over 200,000 individual calls to Congress, with millions more made by our entire coalition - including over 1 million messages to Congress in one day!
* We sent Congress over 600,000 faxes
* We signed and delivered more than 350,000 petitions
* We threw over 3,000 rallies, protests and events which brought in hundreds of thousands of people
* And we convinced Congress and the President to fight and pass health reform into law!
And thanks to your dedication and unwavering support, here are a few of the critical improvements that will be felt right away by millions of Americans:
* Strengthening Medicare by protecting guaranteed Medicare benefits, closing the "doughnut hole," improving access to primary care doctors, and adding free preventive care.
* Making insurance affordable for all Americans, including older Americans, and putting an end to arbitrary limits on coverage.
* Holding insurers accountable by stopping insurance company abuses and putting an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
* Giving Americans more choices to live independently at home as they age.
Together, we made history.
Not only did we pass a bill that will lower costs for working families and small business and give health care to millions, but we changed the way things get done in Washington. The pundits said health care could not be done. They said the bill was dead. But we proved that when people stand up united together around something we all believe in, we can change this country for the better.
It has truly been an honor making history with you. And even now, in our moment of celebration, our work is not done. We will have to stand together to fight attempts to repeal the new law and give our health care system back to the insurance companies. We'll have to stand together to fight attempts by the insurance companies to shirk their new responsibilities. And we will have to stand together to make sure this law is implemented to realize the promise of health reform - quality, affordable health care for all.
If we stand together, we can win.
big bear hug,