SEIU - Congress Passes Obama's Budget

Senator Shaheen, Representative Shea-Porter, Representative Hodes

Help Make Crucial Investment in Health Care Reform


CONCORD, NH –Last night, Congress came together to pass President Obama’s budget, a huge step toward reforming America’s broken health care system. The budget passed overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate. Senator Shaheen, Representative Carol Shea Porter and Representative Hodes supported the budget, while Senator Gregg was a vocal opponent of President Obama’s efforts to make a significant up-front investment in healthcare reform.


“The President's budget puts a real down-payment toward guaranteeing the quality, affordable healthcare Americans deserve. The budget addresses our healthcare crisis now and invests in the reforms Americans desperately need,” said Change That Works activist Deanna O'Shaughnessy.


Exploding health care costs have made it impossible to strengthen our economy and are hurting American businesses and families. As Americans face a recession, a banking crisis, and record unemployment, the budget’s crucial investment in health care reform puts America on the path toward getting skyrocketing health care costs under control.


The budget maps out a responsible way to pay for the reform America needs while cutting the deficit in half by 2013.


“Now is the time for action and solution is clear,” said Manchester resident Shana Potvin. “We need to create a health care system that delivers quality, affordable health care to every man, woman and child in America. This budget is a solid blueprint for the kind of change we need. I applaud Senator Shaheen, Representative Shea-Porter, and Representative Hodes for their leadership in this process, which will bring long overdue health care reform to New Hampshire. I am disappointed that Senator Gregg continued to put his party over our economy and our families.”


SEIU recently launched “Change That Works,” a new state-by-state effort to bring economic relief to millions across the country, help fix the nation's broken health care system and guarantee workers can freely decide whether to join with their coworkers in a union.


New Hampshire for Health Care is a grassroots organization made up of 80,000 Health Care Voters across the state who are pushing to create a health care system that provides quality, affordable care for all Americans.