Paulo Augusto --
I'm writing to you on a great day for America.
This morning, I gathered with members of Congress, my
administration, and hardworking volunteers from every part of the
country to sign comprehensive health care reform into law. Thanks
to the immeasurable efforts of so many, the dream of reform is now a
The bill I just signed puts Americans in charge of our own health
care by enacting three key changes:
It establishes the toughest patient protections in history.
It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options,
extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured.
And it reduces the cost of care -- cutting over 1 trillion dollars
from the federal deficit over the next two decades.
To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes
will phase into full effect over the next several years.
But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will
begin this year -- some even taking effect this afternoon. Here are
just a few examples:
Small businesses will
receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health
coverage for all their employees.
receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under
Young people will
be allowed coverage under their parents' plan until the age of 26.
Early retirees will
receive help to reduce premium costs.
be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history.
Uninsured Americans with
pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the
coverage they need, starting in just 90 days.
Insured Americans will
be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick,
or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive.
All Americans will
benefit from significant new investments to train primary care
doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation
of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients
understand and defend our new rights.
As I've said many times, and as I know to be true, this astounding
victory could not have been achieved without your tireless efforts.
So as we celebrate this great day, I want to invite you to add your
name where it belongs: alongside mine as a co-signer of this
historic legislation. Organizing for America will record the names
of co-signers as a permanent commemoration of those who came
together to make this moment possible -- all of you who refused to
give up until the dream of many generations for affordable, quality
care for all Americans was finally fulfilled.
So, if you haven't yet, please add your name as a
proud health care reform co-signer today:
Please accept my thanks for your voice, for your courage, and for
your indispensable partnership in the great work of creating change.
History, and I, are in your debt.
President Barack Obama
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