President Obama is working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform to control escalating health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor and assure affordable health care for all Americans.
If health cost growth persists, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2025, one out of every four dollars in our national economy will be tied up in the health system.
The Administration believes that comprehensive health reform should: Guarantee choice of health plans, invest in prevention and wellness, reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government, end barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and improve patient safety and quality of care.
Polls have shown that voters rank health care among their top concerns. Obama’s health care plan aims at health care solidarity, similar to plans in Europe and Canada. By restructuring current health care coverage, everyone would be ensured guaranteed health care access through both private and government plans.
Obama’s plan would build on existing private and public health care programs such as private individual health insurance, employer health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
A minimum comprehensive benefits package would be mandated, as would the ability to transfer health policies (portability), when purchased through the new Medicare-like public plan or the National Health Insurance Exchange.
His plan for universal coverage assumes costs for the health care reform will be paid by discontinuing the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year and from savings in the system. Obama’s health care reform plan estimates that the average family will save up to $2,500 a year.
A new poll suggests that Americans broadly support health reform. The Diageo/Hotline Poll finds that 62 percent of voters support the President enacting a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system, with 38 percent of voters strongly supporting a major overhaul.
The new study also finds supporters of health care reform bring a sense of urgency to the issue. Among those who do support a major overhaul, 94 percent says that it is important for Congress and the President to pass health care legislation this year.
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