Harkin Describes Real World Benefits of Affordable Care Act Days Before Second Anniversary of Law

March 22, 2012
Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee


Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, spoke on the floor of the Senate to commemorate the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law that he helped to craft.  Harkin cited the real world impact of the law for individuals like Emily Schlichting, a University of Nebraska student who suffers from a rare auto-immune condition, and Ross Daniels and Amy Ward of West Des Moines, who would have reached their  lifetime caps had it not been for the law.

Below are his full remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Two years ago, President Obama signed into law what I believe will be remembered as the most forward-thinking and humane reform of our health care system since Medicare.  When the Affordable Care Act became law, I said: We have made America a more compassionate, and more just society.  I believe this with even greater conviction now.



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