Monday, March 22, 2010

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Historic Healthcare Legislation “The Right Thing to Do”


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2010)—“The landmark health care legislation passed last night is the first step in a long battle of moving America in the right direction. I congratulate President Obama for not backing down from the goal of comprehensive health care insurance reform that insures the uninsured and makes health care affordable.

Passing this health care legislation in the face of virulent Republican opposition is the morally right thing to do. It makes health care more affordable and accessible — and more cost effective. It provides a health care safety net to protect Americans from falling into the abyss. Health care reform will also help families with their home mortgages and prevent foreclosures, as many families today are forced to choose between paying for their health or their house. It begins to close the gaps for the uninsured and under-insured, and moves us a step closer to Dr. King’s dream for a health system where everybody will be in and nobody is locked out.

We must continue to fight for progressive change. We must continue to move forward by hope not backward by fear.”

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366

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