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“We also can’t mark this day without not­ing it couldn’t have hap­pened without the com­plic­ity of Amer­ica’s big­gest health­care lob­bies, in­clud­ing Big Pharma, the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals, the Busi­ness Round­table and such in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies as Wal-Mart. They hope to get more cus­tomers, or to re­duce their own costs, but in the end they have merely made them­selves more vul­ner­a­ble to the gilded clutches of the po­lit­i­cal class.”

—Wall Street Jour­nal

“Just as So­cial Se­cu­rity grew from a mod­est start in 1935 to be­come a bedrock of the na­tion’s re­tire­ment sys­tem, this is a start on health­care re­form, not the end. ... A lot will de­pend ... on how health­care pro­fes­sion­als and in­sti­tu­tions re­spond to the chal­lenge of chang­ing their ways. ... Our hope and be­lief is that this re­form will in the end ac­com­plish its great ob­jec­tives. Right now, the good news for all Amer­i­cans is that de­spite all the pol­i­tics and the ob­struc­tion­ism, the process has fi­nally be­gun.”

—New York Times

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