this is what change looks like

March 22, 2010

in health care

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.

— barack obama, march 22, 2010 12:11 am

there’s bound to be loads of discussion, rehashing, and figuring out in the days ahead. for now, i’m content to soak up these words: this is what change looks like.


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Josh Letourneau March 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

This bill is definitely a start. It’s not perfect, but it gets the ball rolling – status quo just wasn’t cutting it, no pun intended.

“arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.”

I pay for healthcare on my own, at ~$400 per month, despite being offered it for free through the VA due to serving in the Marine Corps. Why? Because I don’t do free lunches.

I ask, however, why my premiums have went up 200% over the last 3 years – I mean, I’m 6’3″, 215 lbs at ~7% bodyfat . . . with no health concerns whatsoever. I bike 40 miles a week, lift weights 4-5 days per week,, don’t smoke, have a glass of wine or two a week, eat chicken/turkey/fish over red meat, and much prefer healthy salads instead of McDonald’s . . . yet my premiums have ballooned through the roof. Why?

The Healthcare system is broken – I’m not saying this bill is perfect, but c’mon, anything is better than where we’re headed.


fran March 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

josh, i agree. i just read a super followup post by james fallow at the atlantic (courtesy of @dsjanus) — why this moment matters.



Frank Roche March 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

Beautiful words: This is what change looks like,


fran March 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

they are indeed! the whole email was beautiful, as was the execution of their communication strategy leading up to the final vote last night.



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