The House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care in America Act! Finally, a first step in a long road toward providing this fundamental human right to all Americans.
I want to thank those representatives who voted for this bill for overcoming tremendous pressure from the insurance industry lobbyists and from individuals in Congress who put their own agendas above those of their constituents.
Those who did not vote for the bill — who already have good, solid, government-provided health care — should look deep into their hearts, overcome their political biases and do the right thing for America.
A vote for this bill was a vote to provide secure and stable coverage for Americans with insurance, expand coverage for those who do not have insurance, lower costs for families and businesses, and begin to reduce the deficit.
Now I know many will say, how will this reduce the deficit?
Well, think about it, today people who don’t have health care wait until there is an emergency and of course visit an emergency room. We are paying for it now. It would cost less in the long run to provide preventative, ongoing health maintenance than to constantly pay the higher price, both monetarily and in lives for those who wait until there is almost no hope.
Whatever your political party, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. If you have good health care, great! Thank God. I hope you stay employed and keep it.
Do the right thing — continue to support this bill and the brave congressmen and -women who voted for it so that everyone American has equal access.
Do the right thing. The moral thing. The American thing.