Addressing Families USA’s annual conference in Washington last week, a pair of Democratic Midwestern senators endorsed universal health care for all Americans and said they think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a good step toward achieving that goal.

Wisconsin’s freshman Sen. Tammy Baldwin opened Health Action 2013 with a rejection of the idea that premium medical treatment is a “privilege” for a lucky few, a sentiment echoed minutes later by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Both senators thanked members of the nonprofit advocacy group Families USA, whose grassroots and watchdog efforts they said was crucial to passing PPACA.

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