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2009 in Review: Quotes of the Year

By: Beau Boughamer

With so many memorable moments, there were bound to be some memorable remarks reflecting on them.  Here are NACHC’s 2009 quotes of the year.

“[L]arge-heartedness… [is] part of the American character – our ability to stand in other people’s shoes; a recognition that we are all in this together, and when fortune turns against one of us, others are there to lend a helping hand; a belief that in this country, hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by some measure of security and fair play; and an acknowledgment that sometimes government has to step in to help deliver on that promise.”

– President Obama during his Address to a Joint Session of Congress

“I didn’t have to make a choice between feeding James and taking my medicine.”

– Family Care Health Centers (St. Louis) Board member Connie Hodges, who told the Post-Dispatch that she and her son have been able to depend on the Holly Hills center for 15 years.

“I’ve never been treated with such dignity and respect – where the rest of the world wasn’t giving it to me at the time.”

– Rahman Nelton, a patient at Care Alliance in Cleveland, during National Health Center Week (see video)

“I think it’s a great day for Arkansas and the health care for our people.”

– Rep. Robbie Wills, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Arkansas — the only state this year to add line-item funding for health centers

“Expand care, help families in need, create jobs. That’s what this is all about.”

– HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield, announcing recovery funding for health centers during the 2009 Policy and Issues Forum

“We cannot reform health care without resolving the problem of access to care.”

– Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), in a letter to health care advocates read at the P&I

“We are seeing a rebirth of the kind of idealism that we saw during the Kennedy era.”

– Peace Corps spokeswoman Laura Lartigue, in USA Today reporting on passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

“As we begin the task of summing up all that he has done for his country, perhaps we can begin by acknowledging this: John Fitzgerald Kennedy inspired our America; Robert Kennedy challenged our America; and our Teddy changed America.”

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)

“To use a home-improvement metaphor, if welfare reform was like remodeling your kitchen, and if adding the prescription-drug benefit to Medicare was like building a sizable addition onto the back porch, then overhauling the health care system is more like ripping out all the walls of your house and completely reconfiguring the plumbing, the air ducts and the wiring all at once. Each aspect of the job is painfully complex and essential to the whole, and if one piece is poorly conceived, then none of the others may actually work as planned.”

– Journalist Matt Bai in a New York Times Magazine piece on health reform

“Successful federal programs such as Community Health Centers and incentives for health care providers to work in medically underserved communities will go a long way toward increasing access to care for many racial and ethnic minorities.”

– Brian Smedley, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, introducing new research

“[Community Health Centers] provide quality care at prices that people can afford, with the dignity and respect they deserve, and in a way that takes into account the challenges that they face in their lives.”

– President Obama, announcing health center funding

“[Congress is] on the cusp of delivering on the promise of making affordable, quality health insurance available to every American – and laying the foundation for a brighter future for generations to come.”