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Celebrating the Affordable Care Act at Hat City Kitchen

Progressive wonks can party the night away in the Valley Arts District.

Notices for bands and events from Hat City Kitchen in Orange come across the email transom fairly frequently here at Patch.

But notices for celebrations of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress are rather rare. Hence, they catch our attention.

Yesterday, this notice came across our desktop. We were intrigued:

Celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with Citizen Action!

When President Obama signed the national health reform law on March 23, 2010, it marked an historic achievement in American history on par with the passage of Social Security and Medicare. The law establishes a framework to provide health security for all, and takes immediate steps in that direction and gives health care advocates a strong foundation on which to build. And it is already working.

This victory could not have happened without the hard work and commitment of health care reform advocates, community leaders, and legislative leaders like you who fought for the health and economic security of all Americans! While there is still much work to be done to ensure the law is implemented effectively here in New Jersey, and that consumer interests continue to be represented when new programs are established and new rules and guidelines are set, the New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (NJCAEF) would like to thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of New Jersey families and seniors.

Please join us at Hat City Kitchen on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 to celebrate the Affordable Care Act’s second anniversary. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. Those of us who fought hard for health care reform, including consumer advocates, organizers, volunteers, community leaders, elected officials, labor leaders, and consumers, will come together to celebrate the ACA with great food and drinks, good friends, and good music.

Our featured guest speakers for the evening include Dr. Jaime Torres, DPM, MS, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Richard Kirsch, an Institute Fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, founding Co-Director of New Jersey Citizen Action in 1982, and former National Campaign Manager for Health Care for America Now (HCAN).

Dr. Torres and Mr. Kirsch will bring us news on the current status of health care reform around the country, including insight on the upcoming oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ACA to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. After the discussion, Mr. Kirsch will be signing copies of his latest book, Fighting for Our Health.

Join NJCAEF at Hat City Kitchen:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
459 Valley Street
Orange, NJ 07050

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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