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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Illinois focus: Bill Foster on Board with Healthcare Reform

    I like Bill Foster. I think it is great having him in Congress. Sometimes, though, he seems too cautious. I was afraid he wouldn't do the right thing on Healthcare Reform. But in the end he did! Bill Foster, you did us proud!

    From Bill Foster's website

    Rep. Bill Foster, D-Geneva, announced Sunday he will vote in favor of the Health Insurance Reform bill saying through a press release that he dedcided to support the reform "becasue it eliminates pre-existing conditions, protects and strengthens Medicare and will significantly reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years."

    "While the Senate bill itself is not perfect, many important improvements have been made so that the overall package is one that I can support. This bill will give my constituents freedom from the fear of becoming uninsurable, and freedom to pursue better job opportunities or start a small business without the fear of losing their insurance," Foster said through the Sunday press release.

    Foster said he wanted to make sure constituents understand that he has heard their calls, read their e-mails and letters, seen their faxes and have "weighed the concerns of those opposed and thos in favor."

    "In the last 72 hours, I also consulted with experts like Illinois Insurance Commissioner Michael McRaith, who confirmed the positive impact that this legislation will have on Illinois businesses and consumers," Foster said in the release. "I ran for Congress to find workable solutions to the problems facing the families of the 14th District, and by controlling costs and eliminating pre-existing conditions as a barrier to health care, I have kept that promise."




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