President Obama’s Op-Ed piece on his heath care reforms. Here’s an excerpt:
There are four main ways the reform we’re proposing will provide more stability and security to every American.
First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of
high-quality, affordable coverage for yourself and your family —
coverage that will stay with you whether you move, change your job or
lose your job.
Second, reform will finally bring skyrocketing health care costs
under control, which will mean real savings for families, businesses
and our government. We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste
and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid
and in unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies that do nothing to
improve care and everything to improve their profits.
Third, by making Medicare more efficient, we’ll be able to ensure
that more tax dollars go directly to caring for seniors instead of
enriching insurance companies. This will not only help provide today’s
seniors with the benefits they’ve been promised; it will also ensure
the long-term health of Medicare for tomorrow’s seniors. And our
reforms will also reduce the amount our seniors pay for their
Lastly, reform will provide every American with some basic consumer
protections that will finally hold insurance companies accountable. A
2007 national survey actually shows that insurance companies
discriminated against more than 12 million Americans in the previous
three years because they had a pre-existing illness or condition. The
companies either refused to cover the person, refused to cover a
specific illness or condition or charged a higher premium.