Washington, DC: Marc R. Stanley, Chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), today released the following statement:
The National Jewish Democratic Council congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of a historic health care reform package that represents a giant step forward in improving the welfare of the citizens of the United States. The Democratic leadership of the U.S. House - guided by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - demonstrated tremendous skill and true leadership in orchestrating this groundbreaking reform of the U.S. health care system.
The importance of this legislation cannot be overstated. This action culminates a 100-year effort to ensure that the people of the United States have the same type of access to health care as citizens of nearly every other industrialized nation. We are confident that when historians look back on this day, they will equate the passage of this bill with such monumental legislative achievements as the passage of Social Security in the 1930’s. This bill also reflects the clear groundswell of support in the American Jewish community - both among individuals and organizations - for the change in our health care system that’s so desperately needed today.
Only a handful of presidents have had this type of singular legislative achievement in their careers, and this landmark moment is a remarkable testament to President Barack Obama’s leadership. The legislation can only be improved further in the coming days by the passage in the U.S. Senate of a reconciliation bill. We are confident that the Democratic leadership in the Senate will show similar resolve and wisdom in finishing this critical reform process.