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Weekly Address: The Patient's Bill of Rights and Health Reform

Summary: 
The President talks about the consumer protections that will be passed as part of health insurance reform, and calls on the Senate to allow an up-or-down vote.

The President looks back to the bipartisan Patient's Bill of Rights, a bill that was defeated in Congress at the hands of special interests and their supporters, and notes that health insurance reform covers the same ground and much more in terms of giving the consumers the upper hand over their insurance companies. He calls on the Senate to allow an up-or-down vote, and for those opposing reform to stop using parliamentary maneuvers to drag it out.