Earlier this afternoon, President Barack Obama [pictured above in the White House East Room, flanked by six doctors] made it exceedingly clear that he intends to move forward on reform to put Americans in control of their health care, and explained once again why:
"Democrats and Republicans agree that this is a serious problem for America. And we agree that if we do nothing -- if we throw up our hands and walk away -- it’s a problem that will only grow worse. Nobody disputes that. More Americans will lose their family's health insurance if they switch jobs or lose their job. More small businesses will be forced to choose between health care and hiring. More insurance companies will deny people coverage who have pre-existing conditions, or they'll drop people's coverage when they get sick and need it most. And the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid will sink our government deeper and deeper and deeper into debt. On all of this we agree.
"So the question is, what do we do about it?"
The President proceeded to reiterate substantive facts related to the decades-long discourse about providing affordable health care for American individuals, working families and businesses. He punctuated his remarks with a call for an up or down vote from Congress in the next few weeks, concluding "I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law."
GoodBiz113's take: Hooray for President Obama -- and virtually everyone who has a stake in seeing that his comprehensive, win-win-win health reform proposal finally becomes law. We applaud his compassion, tenacity and leadership, and urge our readers to contact their elected officials in Washington to move forward and pass health insurance reform once and truly for all.
To find your senator and/or representative, simply go to: http://bit.ly/ContactElectedOfficials.
To read the entire transcript of President Obama's remarks, visit: http://bit.ly/MovingForwardTranscript.
To view the video, go to: http://bit.ly/MovingForwardVideo.
Last, but not least, if you want specific, clear, succinct and refreshingly forthright answers regarding what the President's health reform proposal means to you, go directly to the following sites:
* Own a small business? http://bit.ly/SmallBizOwnersFAQ
* Have insurance through work? http://bit.ly/ThroughWorkFAQ
* Have Medicare coverage? http://bit.ly/MedicareFAQ
* Don't have any insurance? http://bit.ly/NoInsuranceFAQ
* Buy your own insurance? http://bit.ly/BuyOwnInsuranceFAQ
We'll end this post with the very words that President Obama used to conclude today's resounding speech: "Let's get it done."
SOURCES: HealthReform.gov, USA.gov, The White House [photo by Pete Souza]
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