In 1974, we got the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Dan Rostenkowski, to come to Clairfield Tennessee and to see what we were doing there. And we go him there because President Nixon had proposed national health insurance legislation…in 1974. Right now, when communities, providers, families, and patients all over this country are pushing for or against health care reform, and vested interests with money to spare are organizing against it, you have an obligation to make your views heard as well. If you live a rural area, you are more likely to die before your 75th birthday. In fact, the more remote your home is, the more likely you are to die young. WIth all these challenges, it is clear that health care reform is critically important to rural communities. You, each and every one of you in this room, better than anyone in this country know how much people in rural America need health reform. We needed it in 1974; we needed it in 1994. And we need health reform now because we see the results of inaction every day across the country and particularly in our rural communities. It’s not about politics; it’s not about partisanship; it’s about saving people’s lives. Don’t let a day in the next two months pass by unless you have spoken out about the needs for health care reform in rural America. We considered it in 1974; we considered it in 1994; we’re debating it now. Don’t let a day pass by that you don’t let people know what we need to do in rural America.