February 25th, 2009
05:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama calls for health-care reform in 2009

President Obama tells Congress Tuesday night: I have no illusions this will be an easy process.
President Obama tells Congress Tuesday night: I have no illusions this will be an easy process.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama pledged Tuesday night to cure Americans from what he called "the crushing cost of health costs," saying the country could not afford to put health-care reform on hold.

"This is a cost that now causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds. By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes," Obama said in his speech to a joint session of Congress.

Obama pointed to the increasing number of uninsured and rapidly rising health-care premiums, which he said was one reason small business closed their doors and corporations moved overseas.

Obama's prescription for health-care reform included making "the largest investment ever" in preventive care, rooting out Medicare fraud and investing in electronic health records and new technology in an effort to reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy and save lives.

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  1. Dawn

    I totally agree with the President about Health care, I am on my husbands, but most Health care does not cover everything, Dental is costly, as well as eye. If you need the Nutricianist, well you have to pay out of pocket. Dermatologist, you must wait. I know about the latter. I was told a while ago that I needed a dermatologist because I have a skin condition due to Allerigies but they told me i may never get in. Nice huh!!!!

    February 25, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Deborah Black

    I totally agree. Our health care system is not only bankrupting individuals but also businesses. Health care reform will make an immediate difference in our economy and ability to compete in the world market. Not to mention that it should be the god given right of all Americans to have access to good health care.
    I don't want to hear those Neo Con Republicans complain that the government will dictate our healthcare. The CEO's of the big insurance and pharmeceutical companies already do that. (apparently the Republicans have never heard of managed care) All the government would do is provide regulation and standards of care. I guess the, Republican Congressmen, think that their insurance is horrible, and that the government dictates to them what their Dr can do? NOT. You can be sure they have the best care available. They just don't want the rest of us to have the same opportunity; how could they continue to consider themselves so superior to everyone then?

    February 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

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