As Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Obama, I remember how difficult it was to pass Obamacare.
We overhauled a broken health care system. We overcame fierce partisan challenges. But every part of the fight was worth it -- and I'll never forget what it was like to see lives change as millions of Americans signed up for quality, affordable coverage.
I won't soon forget this moment, either.
After years of defending the undeniable progress we've made, today marks a major victory for our movement. Senate leaders announced they're putting away their dangerous attempt to replace Obamacare -- and a number of senators have come out and said that repealing the law without a replacement is an even worse non-starter.
So why have we made such massive gains in this fight? Because of you.
Because these senators heard, loud and clear, from their constituents. Because we mobilized and organized -- making calls, hosting rallies, visiting elected officials' offices. Because we all worked together, and were just too loud to ignore.
There's only one way to celebrate: by keeping it up.
As proud as we should be, this isn't over. Senate leaders and this administration are still considering "repeal and run" -- a move that would be devastating to so many families, and disastrous to our health care system. We can't stand down.
Instead, let's encourage bipartisan improvements. Let's work together, instead of sabotaging the law at every turn. Let's look at facts: The uninsured rate has never been lower, and millions of Americans have access to quality, affordable health care for the first time.
Let's celebrate today's big win -- and remember that tomorrow's work is just getting started.
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