Press Release

Statement on President Obama Signing Health Reform Legislation

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

March 23, 2010

America's hospitals have long been committed to ensuring health care coverage for all.  While the path to universal coverage has been long, today we are closer than ever to reaching this important goal. 

With President Obama's signature on this bill, 32 million people will now have access to health care coverage, significant insurance market reforms will be enacted and a solid foundation will be laid upon which we can continue to build and improve our nation's health and health care system. 

We applaud President Obama's leadership and dedication to enacting reform that will better the lives of so many, and we look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to continue to improve health care for the patients and communities we serve. 

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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