September 10, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On President Obama’s Plan for Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON—Congress needs to hammer out a comprehensive healthcare reform bill without delay. Now that President Obama has spelled out the basic outline of a plan to insure all Americans and hold down costs, it’s time for Congress to step up to the plate. We need to get beyond partisan politics, which has managed to distort the truth and delay progress, and finally give Americans affordable, accessible high-quality healthcare coverage.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.