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Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me. I have heard from
countless Americans struggling to afford health insurance
and health professionals striving to provide care. I
appreciate your perspective. There is broad consensus
among the American people on the need for affordable,
high-quality health care. The rising cost of health care is
the most pressing financial challenge for families and for
our Nation, and controlling this cost is essential to bringing
down the Federal deficits we inherited. Now is the time to
move forward, and I am committed to getting health care
reform done this year.

Since I took office, we have done more to advance
the cause of health care reform than we have in the
previous decade. In February, I signed H.R. 2 to provide
coverage for millions of children through the Children's
Health Insurance Program. I also signed the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act to make key investments
in computerized medical records and preventive services.

Looking forward, we will take additional steps to
lower costs, expand coverage, and improve the quality of
health care. My 2010 Budget makes a major down
payment on health care reform, funded by implementing
efficiencies in government health care spending and
restoring a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code.
There are tough choices to be made, and I will bring
businesses and workers, health care providers and patients,
and Democrats and Republicans together to create a system
that delivers better care and puts the Nation on a much
sounder long-term fiscal path. To learn more about my
agenda and share a personal story, please join me online at:
www.healthreform.gov. For further information on health
care and assistance that may be available to you, you may
call 1-800-FEDINFO or visit: www.usa.gov.

I share the sense of urgency that millions of Americans
have voiced. I watched as my ailing mother struggled with
stacks of insurance forms in the last moments of her life.
This is not who we are as a Nation; together, we will fix it.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama
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