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Advocacy Update - September 15, 2009
09.15.09

President Obama Addresses Congress on Health Care Reform

President Barack Obama’s address to Congress last week helped to move the Congress closer to passing comprehensive health insurance reform. In his speech, the President stated his case to Congress: health insurance reform must pass this year. He stressed that repeating history by doing nothing is not an option and laid out specific benchmarks for reform. He reminded Congress that effective health reform is essential to restoring the country’s long-term fiscal health and securing a stronger future for our children.

Despite months of setbacks, Congress is ready to continue the discussion on health care reform. In the Senate, the Finance Committee recently released an outline of their version of health care reform. The Committee is currently finalizing the text for their bill and plan to mark up their version of health care reform next week. In the House, health care reform could be debated on the floor in early October.

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