On health care reform, the American people are too often offered two extremes -- government-run health care with higher taxes or letting the insurance companies operate without rules. President Obama and Vice President Biden believe both of these extremes are wrong, and that’s why they’ve proposed a plan that strengthens employer coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference.
The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors, and plans. Under the Obama-Biden plan, patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors, instead of being blocked by insurance company bureaucrats.
Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year. If you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options.
If you want to reduce the price of drugs in this country, start by working with the companies to assist them in their development of drugs. Make the testing procedures less combative between the FDA and the drug company. Amend liability laws regarding the drugs which have been approved by the FDA. Limit the Litigation Lotto for deep pockets among trial lawyers. In short, regulate but don't suffocate these companies.
The Obama-Biden plan will promote public health. It will require coverage of preventive services, including cancer screenings, and increase state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
What ever happened to individual responsibility? Why does the government, the same one that steals from the social security fund, and relinquished their perogative to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, think that they know better than the citizens of this country?
A Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility: Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level
The text of the Whitehouse's agenda can be found at:
It was on the website as of: Jan 21,2009