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Chicago billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker, President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2013, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on her nomination. A longtime Obama friend who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both of his presidential campaigns, Pritzker is facing scrutiny at a Senate confirmation hearing for her ties to a subprime mortgage lender that failed in 2001. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
During the fast-tracked effort to reform health care, millions of phone calls and emails to our representatives, communicating the needs and concerns of constituents, gained the attention of both sides of the aisle. Representatives had to listen, for fear that upcoming elections would hold them accountable.