Senator Boxer on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act   

Wednesday, March 24, 2010  

Dear Friend:

This week I had the honor of attending President Obama’s signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) in the East Room of the White House.  You will find the statement that I issued on this landmark law below.  If you would like to watch the video of my speech, it is available here.

“This is a historic achievement and a victory for our seniors, our children, our small businesses and for California.

“When this law takes full effect, up to 7 million uninsured Californians will get access to affordable health care and 400,000 small businesses in our state will get large tax credits when they provide health care to their workers. More than 4 million California seniors will get free preventive care and they will also see lower costs for prescription drugs.

“All Californians will benefit from consumer protections that will give them the security of knowing they will never be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition or dropped from their health plan just because they or their family members get sick.

“This week the Senate will finish the job by passing important improvements to the final health care package. I am pleased that the reconciliation bill includes much greater funding for California’s Medicaid program and better support for the doctors and hospitals that treat these patients.

“Ever since Teddy Roosevelt first set the goal of affordable health care for all Americans nearly a century ago, presidents and members of Congress of both parties have tried to ensure health care security for all of our families. Finally the moment has come when we will fulfill the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people.”

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer