care needed to keep their families healthy -- (applause) -- things like
nutrition counseling, diabetes testing, and so much more.
But let's be clear, simply passing the Affordable Care Act was not the goal. The goal is to get folks to sign up for the insurance so they have the care they need to stay healthy. And as leaders in our communities, we are going to need your help to make this happen.
And I know that you all were briefed on this new law by senior administrators at the Health Summit that was held here on Friday. So here's what I'm asking you to do. Are you listening? The minute you get back home from this conference, we need you to get out there and educate everyone you know about what health reform means for them. And I'm talking about making sure they understand the real facts.
Tell them that starting October the 1st, they need to sign up for insurance. Explain to them that the first step in signing up is to create an account, which they can easily do by going to healthcare.gov or cuidadodesalud -- starting on July 31st, just eight days from today.
And we especially need you to reach out to our young people, because they're the ones who always think they're invincible. And we all have someone in our lives -- some wonderful young person, son or daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor -- walking around today without any insurance because they don't think they need it or don't know where to go and get it. And we all have the power and the urgent responsibility to get after our young people and get them to sign up. Because while they may roll their eyes for a moment, we know that when Mama and Abuela speak, they listen. That's where you come in. So we need to send them to those websites which have all the information they need about health reform.
This is particularly true for those of you in Texas, Florida and California, because one-third of the young people we need to reach live in those states. And whether they're healthy or not, we have got to make sure that our young people understand that regular checkups and preventive care are as much a part of life as brushing their teeth and paying their bills.
Because while many of us may not have had these advantages in our own lives, we now know the difference that health care can make for our children and grandchildren. We know that good health care is essential to leading longer, healthier, happier lives. We know better. And that is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children. This is a gift.
More than anything else, that is story of the Latino community in this country -- the story of working, and organizing, and sacrificing so that our kids can have something more, something better than we had. It's the story of people like Janet Murguia and her family -- the story of parents who never went beyond 7th grade, but who believed in education like a religion, and they pushed their seven children to succeed in school. They watched them go to college and then graduate school, and then to become lawyers and judges -- including Janet's twin sister, Judge Mary Murguia, who my husband proudly nominated to the Ninth Circuit in 2010.
And the story of Latinos in this country is the story of this organization, the National Council of La Raza. It's the story of visionary leaders like Raul Yzaguirre, and of so many...
... yes -- so many people like all of you who have been coming together for 45 years to raise their voices in the service of one simple goal, and that is, as Janet said, "to throw open the doors of the American Dream to everyone."
And today, as we always do, we need to once again draw on that proud legacy. We need to once again summon the passion and determination, and use the power of our voices to give our children one of the greatest advantages possible: the blessing of good health, the energy and the strength and the stamina they need to succeed in their careers, and to raise families of their own, and to have opportunities we've never dreamed of for ourselves.
That is how we will ensure that our children and grandchildren can fulfill their boundless promise. And that is how we will realize the promise of this country, this great country, for all of its people.
So, are you all ready to get to work?
We're going to need you. And I want to thank you again. Thank you for everything that you are doing, everything that you will continue to do. And I look forward -- really look forward to working with all of you in the months and years ahead.
Que Dios los bendiga. God bless.
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