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President Obama has spoken. This is your moment!

September 11, 2009 | Health Care

President Obama delivered a powerful and passionate speech on health insurance reform.

It was a resounding call to get it done right, and get it done right now.

It is safe to say the silly season is officially over.

America's families are counting on lawmakers to fix our broken health care system this year. And their need for reform is urgent and indisputable.

The vast majority of Americans — including patients, providers, and caregivers — recognize that the status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable.

Thousands of National Partnership supporters like you and millions of people nationwide have spoken out because they know we need meaningful reform that makes quality, affordable care a reality.

The cost of inaction to women and families across the country is too great.

The President called for urgently-needed reforms to the insurance market so that people can count on their health care benefits when they need them the most, regardless of their age, gender, or a pre-existing condition. He also recognized the need to transform our current system into a pay-for-value rather than a pay-for-volume system in order to finally deliver comprehensive, coordinated and quality health care.

The public is counting on Congress to pass a health insurance reform package this year that will finally give them stability and security when it comes to their health and the health of their loved ones.

And, despite a vocal minority intent on playing politics with health care, we are closer than ever before to reform that lowers costs, guarantees coverage, and provides more choice for all Americans.

Now is the time to answer the President's call by putting politics aside and working towards a goal we all share — healthy futures for America's families.

There is more momentum now than ever to make it happen.


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