Historic Health Reform Bill

Just passes the Senate!

What this incredible breakthrough really means: Organizing for America!

It is going to take some time for me to get a good understanding of this all, but being self-employed, no health insurance and no other kind of insurance, this seems like exciting news and an incredible breakthrough for America and me.

I have nothing and the possibility of getting something without slaving for some special interest group who have for so long perpetuated the status quo, makes my financial future look even dimmer. Plus, when I do get sick, I will be discriminated against and forever indebted to some health care institution somewhere, should they decide to help me. Although I have nothing, it does not mean I do not deserve or I have not made a significant contribution or sacrifice to my country—I am retired military and a very caring person.

I love my local VA hospital, but do you know how far they can be from me? Good health care should be affordable, available everywhere and to everybody.

America’s health care will be better than ever before and for that, I am also grateful to our President. Nobody can say it better than our him:

Art --

Although it's Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting news: The Senate just passed a historic health reform bill.

In all the back and forth, it's easy to lose sight of what this incredible breakthrough really means. But consider this: This Christmas, there are millions of Americans without health insurance who risk losing everything if they get sick.

There are mothers and fathers who wonder how they'll provide for their children because an illness has wiped out their savings. There are small business owners who worry that they'll have to lay off a long-time employee because the cost of insurance is rapidly rising.

If we finish the job, all this can change. We will have beaten back the special interests who have for so long perpetuated the status quo. We will have enacted the most important piece of social policy since the Social Security Act in the 1930s, and the most important health reform since Medicare in the 1960s.

In Decembers to come, millions more will have access to affordable coverage. Parents will have the security and stability of knowing their insurance can't be revoked at a moment's notice. And the skyrocketing costs plaguing our small businesses will be brought under control.

When you make calls, write letters, organize, this is the change you're making -- a better life for your family and for men and women in every state.

There is still more to do before I can sign reform into law -- a last round of negotiations and final votes in the Senate and the House -- and I'm counting on your help every step of the way. But for now, I hope that as you celebrate this holiday season, you remember that the work you are doing is making our union more perfect, one step at a time. For that, I am grateful to you.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays,

President Barack Obama

P.S. -- Organizing for America supporters are signing a note of appreciation to all the senators who have worked so hard to make this possible. I hope you'll join them:

http://my.barackobama.com/SenateLetter

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