May 12th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama says U.S. 'geared up' for health reform

The Obama administration launched a high-profile push toward extending health coverage to more Americans this week.
The Obama administration launched a high-profile push toward extending health coverage to more Americans this week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Americans are "geared up" to reform the country's health insurance system, but no "silver bullet" will resolve the issue, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

The Obama administration launched a high-profile push toward extending health coverage to more Americans this week. Obama met Tuesday morning with business and union leaders he said have produced "huge reductions" in their insurance costs by emphasizing preventive care and efforts to reduce chronic illness.

"What we've done here today is to gather together some of these stories and best practices and make sure they are going to be informing the health care reform discussions that take place here in Washington," the president told reporters after the session.

"There's no quick fix. There's no silver bullet," Obama added. But if companies could keep more employees covered at less costs, "There's no reason we can't do that for the country as a whole," he said.

Obama campaigned on a promise to push for universal health coverage, using a mixture of government mandates and subsidies and existing private insurers.

"I think the country is geared up, businesses are geared up, families are geared up to go ahead and start solving some of our health care system problems," he said.


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