Why are they so often called Obama Care Plans? Health care costs were rising in America, and people who needed medical insurance coverage were being canceled or denied.
The Road Ahead for Health Care Finally, our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined. Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem.
Nothing else even comes close. Now, these are the facts.
We know we must reform this system. The question is how. There are those on the left who believe that the only way to fix the system is through a single-payer system like Canada's -- applause -- where we would severely restrict the private insurance market and have the government provide coverage for everybody.
On the right, there are those who argue that we should end employer-based systems and leave individuals to buy health insurance on their own. I've said -- I have to say that there are arguments to be made for both these approaches.
But either one would represent a radical shift that would disrupt the health care most people currently have.
Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn't, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch. And that is precisely what those of you in Congress have tried to do over the past several months.
During that time, we've seen Washington at its best and at its worst. We've seen many in this chamber work tirelessly for the better part of this year to offer thoughtful ideas about how to achieve reform.
Of the five committees asked to develop bills, four have completed their work, and the Senate Finance Committee announced today that it will move forward next week.
That has never happened before.
Our overall efforts have been supported by an unprecedented coalition of doctors and nurses; hospitals, seniors' groups, and even drug companies -- many of whom opposed reform in the past.
And there is agreement in this chamber on about 80 percent of what needs to be done, putting us closer to the goal of reform than we have ever been.
But what we've also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have towards their own government.
Instead of honest debate, we've seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge.
And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned. Well, the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.Finally, for-profit health care emphasizes the profit of the organization over patient care.
National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. In , President Obama and the U.S. Congress passed the Accountable Care Act to extend health coverage to more than 30 million people. 6 The Spirituality and Ethics Underlying the Affordable Care Act Dr.
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Sep 10, · Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn't, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch.
And that is precisely what those of you in Congress have tried to do over the past several months. President Barack Obama's health care reform plan became law in as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. His goal was to lower health care costs.
He also wanted to improve the quality of life for those who couldn't get health insurance from their jobs.