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Pelosi: 'Today, We Have the Opportunity to Complete the Great Unfinished Business of Our Society and Pass Health Insurance Reform for All Americans'
Date:3/21/2010

"And it's personal for millions of families who've gone into bankruptcy under the weight of rising health care costs.  In fact, many, many, many — a high percentage of bankruptcies in our country are caused by medical bills that people cannot pay.  And it's personal for 45,000 Americans and their — families who have lost a loved one each year because they didn't and couldn't get health insurance.

"That is why we're proud and also humbled today to act with the support of millions of Americans who recognize the urgency of passing health care reform.  And more than 350 organizations, representing Americans of every age, every background, every part of the country, who have endorsed this legislation.  Our coalition ranges from the AARP, who said that our legislation 'improves efforts to crack down on fraud and waste in Medicare, strengthening Medicare for today's seniors and future generations.'  I repeat: 'Improves efforts to crack down on fraud and waste in Medicare, strengthening the program for today's and future generations of seniors.'  To the American Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association, the United Medical — the United Methodist Church, and Voices of America's Children.  From A to Z — they are sending a clear message to Members of Congress: Say yes to health care reform. [Applause.]

"We have also reached this historic moment because of the extraordinary leadership and hard work and dedication of all the Members of Congress, but I want to especially recognize our
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