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From: President Barack Obama firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Paulo Augusto LACAZ email@example.com
Sent: Seg 21/12/09 21:50
Subject: Fwd: Where we stand
Paulo Augusto --
Early this morning, the Senate made history and health reform
cleared its most important hurdle yet -- garnering the 60 votes
needed to move toward a final vote in that chamber later this week.
This marks the first time in our nation's history that comprehensive
health reform has come to this point. And it appears that the
American people will soon realize the genuine reform that offers
security to those who have health insurance and affordable options
to those who do not.
I'm grateful to Senator Harry Reid and every senator who's been
working around the clock to make this happen. And I'm grateful to
you, and every member of the Organizing for America community, for
all the work you have done to make this progress possible.
After a nearly century-long struggle, we are now on
the cusp of making health insurance reform a reality in the United
States of America.
As with any legislation, compromise is part of the process. But I'm
pleased that recently added provisions have made this landmark bill
even stronger. Between the time when the bill passes and the time
when the insurance exchanges get up and running, insurance companies
that try to jack up their rates do so at their own peril. Those who
hike their prices may be barred from selling plans on the exchanges.
And while insurance companies will be prevented from denying
coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions once the exchanges
are open, in the meantime there will be a high-risk pool where
people with pre-existing conditions can purchase affordable
A recent amendment has made these protections even stronger.
Insurance companies will now be prohibited from denying coverage to
children immediately after this bill passes. There's also explicit
language in this bill that will protect a patient's choice of
doctor. And small businesses will get additional assistance as well.
These protections are in addition to the ones we've been talking
about for some time. No longer will insurance companies be able to
drop your coverage if you become sick and no longer will you have to
pay unlimited amounts out of your own pocket for treatments that you
Under this bill families will save on their premiums; businesses
that would see their costs rise if we don't act will save money now
and in the future. This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the
life of the program. Because it's paid for and gets rid of waste and
inefficiency in our health care system, this will be the largest
deficit reduction plan in over a decade.
Finally, this reform will extend coverage to more than 30 million
Americans who don't have it.
These are not small changes. These are big changes.
They're fundamental reforms. They will save money. They will save
And your passion, your work, your organizing helped make all of this
possible. Now it's time to finish the job.
President Barack Obama
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