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We need health care reform

Posted: November 16, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On Nov. 7, a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives made history by passing HR3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

After nearly a century of false starts, this was the first time a chamber of Congress has ever passed comprehensive health insurance reform. This is a historic accomplishment.

As someone with a preexisting condition whose family members have had to fight to have necessary benefits covered and as someone who has lost their job this year, I know all too well how important this bill is to the general public.

Representatives who voted for this bill deserve thanks for resisting tremendous pressure from the insurance industry lobbyists and standing up for their constituents.

Those who did not vote for the bill have one last opportunity to reconsider their real reasoning and moral convictions as to why they didn't, and support reform in the upcoming final House vote.

A vote for this bill was a vote to provide secure and stable coverage for Americans with insurance, expand coverage for those who do not have insurance, lower costs for families and businesses and begin to reduce the deficit.

No matter what party you are with, no one can deny this is one of the most important bills that will need to be passed. The positive impact on so many lives and the essential care that will be given to those who so desperately need it should trump any political disagreements that may have arisen during the campaign for change.


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