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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BECERRA. Mr. Speaker, today is a day of history. Today we will accomplish what 100 years of Congresses could not. We will pass health care reform, not just for some, but for all Americans.

Today is also another day in America. That means that 123 Americans will die today because they do not have health insurance. Another 8,000 will lose their health insurance today, and our health care system will cost all of us $6.8 billion this day and every day if we do not change, if we are content with doing nothing.

John F. Kennedy once said, ``Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.'' I've heard it said another way: The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

Today this House, the people's House, is full of life. We will make history, but our sights are toward the future. To every hardworking, taxpaying American, we say today, We hear you. We see it in your eyes. You want control of your health care. You want to decide who your doctor is. You want to choose your health plan. We will deliver today to all of America.

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