I’ve been on an Obama distro since before the Iowa primaries. I’ve been able to restrain myself from posting anything from there, but I just have to share this one email with you.
(For those of you who would like to keep blogging and politics separate, don’t click on)
Here is the email:
For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.
Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished:
Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.
Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.
And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.
But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.
It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe.
It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.
And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need.
This is what change looks like.
My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you.
This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains.
Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief.
We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right – and actually create the change we believe in.
Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can.
President Barack Obama
I’m excited to see what comes next.
Health care reform is for people like HunkyDory; folks who are working but have to go to the free clinic.
We haven’t had health insurance since Hunky was an electrician and got laid off. It was the third time that that happened to him, and he decided to switch careers. He wanted to go back to school and become a counselor. We were already used to being broke because he’d just put me through school for almost two years, so what the hell, right?
Now, he’s going to school full-time, working 40 hours a week, getting paid for 20 since the other 20 is internship hours. I’m working 40 hours. We both work at a non-profit with no health benefits. We go to the same free clinic that our clients do. We are one not-even-catastrophic illness away from disaster.
HCR passed for people like us. Thank God.