by Randolph T. Holhut
American Reporter Correspondent
July 25, 2013
HELEN THOMAS: A FEARLESS FIGHTER FOR A FREE PRESS
BRADENTON, Fla., July 19, 2013 -- In a personal letter to The American Reporter's Editor-in-Chief, President Barack Obama Friday extolled the virtues of his Affordable Health Care Act and vowed to meet the challenges the law is facing.
"This legislation forces insurance companies to play by the rules, offers increased consumer protection and choice, keeps our promises to seniors on Medicare, and strengthens small businessesw," he wrote, responding to a letter AR editor Joe Shea wrote to him during treatment for colon cancer at the H. Lee Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
"It also cuts the deficit to help secutre a brighter future four our children and grandchildren," the President continued.
"Each day, I meet with my advisors to make sure we continue to do all we can to support Americans during these difficult economic times, and it is encouraging to hear stories from citizens who are getting the assistance they need," he said.
"Please know that the triumphs and trials of hard-working Americans motivate my Administration to work ever harder to overcome the challenges before us. "Together," the President concluded, "I am confident we will emerge stronger than before."
In a closing note, the President thanked Shea for "your thougthtful letter," and wished him well. "I wish you all the best," President Obama wrote.
"I was deeply honored that the President took time out of his busy schedule to write to me. I will treasure his letter as long as I live," Shea said.