An unlikely gathering of health care industry and union leaders joined with President Obama and at this juncture appear to be supporting a historic agreement to lower medical costs, which could save the average family in this country up to $2,500. This kind of broad coalition would have been unthinkable in the past, when the old politics of division and short-term self-interest ruled the day. Many don’t believe the insurance companies will stay hitched on this issue and simply want a seat at the table when plans are being made. But, I am convinced this is a new day in our nation’s capital.
President Obama announced the three bedrock principles that any comprehensive health care reform must achieve which are: to reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure all Americans have quality, affordable health care. The President will need the support of all Americans to get his program through Congress by the end of the year. He has set a hard goal and to reach it the GOP must put aside politics as usual and lend a helping hand.
Many Republicans seem to be determined to oppose reform. Since the President’s announcement lobbyists have been scrambling across Washington trying to control the issue. That means ordinary folks have to get busy and get involved. There’s no time to lose. Since Congress is negotiating the details for health care reform, the first step is showing where the American people stand. The health care crisis is not new, but it’s getting worse. For decades, real health care reform has been blocked by special interest lobbying and partisan politics. We simply cannot go any further down this dangerous road of delay and denial.
The agreement by those joining with the President marks only the beginning of the broad coalition needed. The most important reason this round of health care reform will be different is the American people really care and want change. Last fall millions of ordinary people came together in the election and did the impossible. Now these same people and those who voted for the GOP nominee must join hands and make health care reform a reality. Even though the Administration and Congress are hammering out the details of the health care package, it could still go any number of ways. That’s why ordinary folks must get involved.
Our elected members of Congress must understand that when the President lays out his three bedrock principles, Americans from every walk of life are standing with him. I am convinced that an overwhelming majority of Americans want the rising cost of health care to be brought down. They also want the freedom to keep whatever doctor and health care plan they have, or to choose a new doctor or health care plan if they have that desire. Most of all, they believe Americans must have quality, affordable health care. Meaningful reform that follows the President’s guidelines is also essential for America’s economic future. It will be the pillar of a new foundation for America.
This President is committed to health care reform and it’s a key priority to this presidency. The dream of health care reform must finally be achieved in the United States of America. Hopefully, Congress – in a bipartisan effort – will support the President in this effort and get the job done.
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