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I'm always on the lookout to connect with like-minded people, learn new things and debate the issues. I enjoy indoor gardening, traveling, going to the theater, reading and cooking. My great grandmother instilled in me a love for democratic politics. She lived through the great depression and talked about how essential FDR was in rescuing our country from the brink. My pronouns are he and his; I use they, them and their in posts when I refer to others when I do not know their gender.

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The next boom cycle of the US economy

The real economic stimulus program began in 2010 with the remarkable passage of the Affordable Health Care Act by the Democratic Party.

Health care makes up a full sixth of the massive US economy. And with the veil of uncertainty that was lifted on June 28, the next economic boom begins now.

The remaking of the health care industry will create millions of jobs. It's no less than a fundamental transformation from a country with millions uninsured to a culture that values wellness and preventative care.

At last, we will no longer be one of the only rich countries that doesn't have a form of universal care for its citizens. And the bill has the necessary reforms and taxes to prime the system and economy for massive growth. It has the potential to rank among the largest booms many of us have seen in our lifetimes.

And the executive branch of government has the duty to write many of the rules that govern implementation. As a gay man, you can't even imagine the worry that was lifted when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the rule that prohibited hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds from denying visitation from same sex partners and spouses. And the sense of relief knowing that in 2014 you won't ever be denied coverage for a preexisting condition. And if you have a chronic illness, insurers can not impose lifetime caps or drop you when you are sick.

People that stay in a job that they don't like just to have insurance will be able to start a small business without worrying that they or their family be uninsured.

No bill is perfect. But now we have a platform to build upon. I'm hopeful that one day the country will see the wisdom of Medicare for all and adds it to the plan. Until then, I'm overjoyed at the new freedoms people will experience by the assurances provided by the Act.

There are many reasons why we must reelect President Obama, and an important one is that he appoints the men and women who will implement and guide the reforms. I trust a steady Democratic hand more than a brutal republican businessman to pilot the ship. And we may have a chance to move the Supreme Court to the side of fairness; a court that looks forward and not back two centuries ago.

We will create clinics instead of weapons to boost our economy. We will strengthen the middle class while shrinking the gap between rich and poor. Most of the new jobs will be outsource-proof due to the nature of the delivery of health care to millions more people.

The more analysis I read about the ACA, the more I believe it's the jolt our country needed to get back on track with growth. Well done, Mr. President.

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