Monday, March 22, 2010

Rep. Hank Johnson: Health care passage 'victory for America’s working families'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 3:37 AM

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  • Congressman Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents part of DeKalb County, comments on Sunday night's passage of health care reform:

“Years from now, we will wonder what all the fuss was about,” said Johnson.

“This historic bill will be remembered with Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights and the GI Bill as evidence of American progress and humanity. It protects Americans from health insurance company abuses, reins in spiraling insurance rates, insures 32 million more Americans and is projected to reduce the deficit substantially over the next two decades.

This is a victory for America’s working families. It is our responsibility to protect hard-working Americans and their children. No family should go bankrupt because of illness.

Today, we have honored our obligation to them with this historic vote on health care reform.”

Johnson was one of the five members of Georgia's congressional delegation to vote for the bill. All were Democrats. Democratic Rep. John Barrow joined Republican lawmakers to vote against the legislation.

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