Health reform does not mean that 46 million Americans will be without health insurance — reform will keep the government out of your health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your coverage if you are happy with it.
For decades, politicians in Washington, D.C., have talked about fixing a broken health care system, and for decades Washington failed to act — allowing the special interests to stall reforms while the cracks in the system turned into crevasses, then craters.
Today, we are closer than ever to change we need — key committees in Congress have reached a striking degree of consensus about how to control costs, guarantee coverage, and provide more choices for every American.
While there are many ideas about how to best reform the health care system, most agree that all Americans should have affordable access to health care. Too many Americans are suffering under a health care system that does not work for them — Americans in minority communities have higher levels of disease, fewer medical options and worse outcomes.
Health care reform is not a luxury but a necessity. Health care reform is not only important for the health of all Americans but is also an economic imperative.
Christina Romer, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told lawmakers that health reform has real economic benefit.
Small business owners said that health care reform should be Washington’s top priority, as per a report on business published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
During this time of economic downturn, it is reasonable to ask if now is really the time to reform our health care system, as director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orzag, explained that investing in health care reform now is not only imperative to ensuring the health of Americans, but that reform possesses deficit-reducing savings in the longer term.
Americans can not afford to wait any longer for health care reform.