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Democrats mark health law's anniversary touting its benefits


By Jessica Zigmond
Posted: March 22, 2012 - 7:00 pm ET
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Moments after House members voted to repeal another provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, House Democrats hosted a news conference to promote the law on the eve of its second anniversary.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) introduced a handful of Americans who have—or will—benefit from the Affordable Care Act's provisions, including the mother of a young child with a pre-existing condition, a senior citizen grateful for relief in his prescription drug costs, and a small business owner who will be able to maintain insurance coverage for employees.

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House Democrats have hosted news conferences and issued a slew of news releases touting the law's benefits this week. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has promoted the Affordable Care Act in St. Louis and Miami, while U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin did the same in Maine, according to a White House spokesman. The president, however, has not been out this week promoting what many see as his signature domestic achievement.

When asked about this issue, Pelosi said she thought the president “has been absolutely great on healthcare” and that the administration has worked to implement the bill each day since the law passed. “The secretary of HHS, many cabinet secretaries, people in the administration are taking the message forward in the country,” Pelosi said, “And without the president—no bill.”


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