Today President Obama signed into law the landmark health care reform legislation in a White House ceremony. Community Health Centers around the country watched it on television (when and where they could) and cheered as the President took pen in hand and signed this historic bill into law, saying, “[W]e have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care. And it is an extraordinary achievement that has happened because of all of you and all the advocates all across the country.” To read more about the President’s remarks visit the White House web site. Elsewhere around the country, health center patients and advocates weighed in about the great change taking place and how it will impact their lives and care.
Check out the local headlines:
Local primary care provider welcomes health reform in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In Marion, Ohio, the CEO of Center Street Community Health Center sees the health reform bill as a “step in the right direction.”
Optimism abounds in Detroit, Michigan where a Waller Health Center patient sees hope for the future.
Shawn Frick, President of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers gives his opinion on what he believes is the most important part of the health care reform package.