Americans have been waiting for generations to see common sense changes made in our country’s health care delivery system.
Now that Congress has passed health care reform and President Obama has signed the legislation into law, reforms that had only been talked about for decades are now being put in place. As this bill is implemented, South Dakotans will not have to wait long to see the immediate benefits of this bill [Senator Tim Johnson, "SD will see benefits of health reform soon," Pierre Capital Journal, 2010.04.06].
It takes more than some politically impotent protestors and posing propagandists to drive Senator Johnson away from the facts on health insurance reform:
Unfortunately, those against health care reform have tried to scare seniors and families about the impacts of this bill. Some have gone so far as to say these reforms should be overturned. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to reopen the donut hole and charge seniors more for their prescriptions, once again allow insurers to drop you from your plan because of a preexisting illness, or banish kids from their parent’s policy.
After all, this bill actually reduces the national debt by $143 billion dollars over the first decade alone.
As for me, passage of health reform was one of the proudest moments in my 31 years in elective office [Johnson, 2010].
One of the proudest moments... that's the kind of leadership we need to hear from South Dakota Democrats. Health insurance reform is good for South Dakota and good for America. It saves money, improves health care, and expands our liberty. Thank you, Senator Johnson, for not being afraid to say so.