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Van Roekel applauds final signing of health care legislation


WASHINGTON - March 30, 2010 -

Today President Barack Obama signed into law historic health care reform legislation that will benefit millions of Americans. The updated legislation includes improvements that will prevent the bill from being financed on the backs of working families.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has put health care within reach for millions of Americans. This is not the end of the health care chapter, rather a beginning. NEA members are excited about what this means for them, the students they serve and the future of our nation. They are already contacting us with questions about how to take advantage of this historic legislation.

“Educators are eagerly awaiting the day when ailing, uninsured students do not miss school and spend the day in emergency rooms for manageable medical conditions. We know the impact of this legislation will reach beyond America’s classrooms and into the homes of millions of working families who don’t have insurance, have had coverage denied or dropped, or are struggling to pay for skyrocketing premiums.

“The 3.2 million members of NEA thank the President and members of Congress who had the courage and the vision to set our nation on a new path for health care. They did a good thing for middle class families, for public school employees and for the children we teach.”

To view Dennis Van Roekel’s video message thanking Congress for passing health care legislation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQtTBFy90y0

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