This morning, millions of people all over this country woke up hoping today isn't the day they get sick. Millions of Americans went to work wondering whether today would be the last day they get paid in a while. And millions sat up late last night at the kitchen table, to try to balance the family budget as health care bills piled higher and higher.

Access to secure, affordable health care is one of the brightest lines dividing our country. When the system works, it's at worst inconvenient. When it doesn't - and too often, it doesn't - it can leave families, businesses, whole communities devastated.

There has to be a better way. We have to do better than 47 million uninsured, and millions more teetering on the brink. We have to do better than 100,000 people dying each year from avoidable medical errors. America can do better than this.

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