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Our President reads 10 letters a day from ordinary Americans..............
By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press Writer – Wed Mar 24, 3:11 am ET
Perhaps nothing crystallized President Barack Obama's determination to press forward on health-care legislation more than the 10 letters he reads each day from ordinary Americans.
The letters became talismans for him: He carried them around. He recited their stories. He used them as rallying cries. (Or as props, as his critics saw it.)
And when at last it came time to sign the landmark health care bill, Obama still had them very much in mind.
The guests invited to Tuesday's signing ceremony in the East Room included the family of an Ohio woman who wrote to Obama that soaring premiums had forced her to give up her insurance and a small business owner from California who e-mailed the president about his struggle to insure his five employees. Other letter-writers were invited to a midday celebration of the legislation, including a 17-year-old girl from Pennsylvania who got a letter back from Obama after she wrote that her family of five had lost their insurance.
In his first week as president, Obama asked his staff to select 10 letters a day for him to read from among the tens of ... more
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