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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Beginning: Fixing Our Broken Health Care System Starts Now

It's done. Health reform is now the law of the land. Your hard work has paid off, and you should feel proud.

Today, President Obama accomplished a legislative victory that has eluded our nation for a century. Today, he put the finishing touches on long overdue changes that can make America's health care system more affordable, more accessible, more efficient, more centered on patients, and more fair for those who for too long suffered discrimination in insurance and disparities in care.

However, this isn't the end of the journey…it's a new beginning.

The hard work of making reform a reality now rests with President Obama, Secretary Sebelius and the states.

Now they must establish rules so that no person is denied coverage or care because of gender, age, health status, income or employment; so people who are sick can focus on getting well instead of worrying that they will lose their coverage; and so patients and their caregivers can count on more coordinated care.

Fixing our broken health care system begins now, and we urge you to join us as we hold our leaders accountable and ensure the promise of quality, affordable health care is kept for all Americans.

Stay tuned.


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