THE WHITE HOUSE
October 27, 2009
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I have heard from countless Americans struggling to afford health insurance and health professionals striving to provide care. I appreciate your perspective.
There is broad consensus among the American people on the need for affordable, high-quality health care. The rising cost of health care is the most pressing financial challenge for families and our Nation, and controlling this cost is essential to bringing down the Federal deficits we inherited. We must end unfair insurance practices that leave millions without or denied access to coverage and exposes them to extraordinary burdens. Now is the time to move forward and get health insurance reform done this year.
Since I took office, we have done more to improve health care than we have in the previous decade. I signed H.R. 2 to provide coverage for millions of children in the Children's Health Insurance Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to invest in computerized medical records and preventive services.
Still, more must be done to lower costs, expand coverage, and improve the quality of health care. Health insurance reform must provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance; make sure those who do not have insurance can find affordable options; and lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government. Reform will benefit seniors by protecting and strengthening Medicare, closing the "donut-hole" gap in coverage for prescription drugs, and providing free preventive care.
Looking forward, there are tough choices to be made, and I will seek to bring employers, workers, health care providers, and patients together to create a system that delivers high-quality health care and puts the Nation on a sustainable, long-term fiscal path. To learn more about my Health Insurance Reform Plan or to share a personal story, please join me online at: www.HealthReform.gov. For further information on health care and assistance that may be available to you, you may call 1-800-FED-INFO or visit: www.USA.gov.
I share the sense of urgency that many Americans have voiced. I watched as my ailing mother struggled with stacks of insurance forms at. the end of her life. This is not who we are as a Nation; together, we will fix it.
Some specific problems with what Obama said:
I appreciate your perspective.
Not really. He doesn't want to know that people like me exist.
There is broad consensus among the American people
There is broad consensus among the American people that they want something for nothing. More and more of them are beginning to recognize they can't have it, and the President's health care bill isn't going to provide it.
controlling this cost is essential to bringing down the Federal deficits we inherited.
That's a lie. Getting the government out of people's lives is what it will take to bring down the Federal deficits, and Obama's policies -- including his health care plan -- are going the wrong direction.
we have done more to improve health care than we have in the previous decade.
That's also untrue, but you can't fault Obama for believing it: he has his head in the sand.
more must be done to lower costs, ... and improve the quality of health care.
I agree, but compulsory insurance takes away the best we already have. INSURANCE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION
make sure those who do not have insurance can find affordable options
I do not have insurance and I have an affordable option -- today, but ObamaCare takes my options away.
lower the cost of health care for our families, ... and our government.
ObamaCare cannot possibly do any of these things. By mandated coverage, people are deprived of their low-cost options. I pay less than most people for health care, because there is no insurance overhead to pay for. His "public option" can only increase the cost to government, which he hopes to recover by increased taxes on everybody who has a better plan -- including low-income people like myself, which he promised (in his campaign lies) not to increase the taxes on.
I will seek to bring employers, workers, health care providers, and patients together
People like me not invited.
to share a personal story, please join me online
They don't make it easy to share a personal story. Most of that website
is videos and promos for their agenda. But if you click through to "ContactUs"
you can "Share your stories and ideas about why we need health reform this
year." Here's what I sent. Don't expect to see them post it where people
can read it:
I do not have health insurance. I do not want health insurance. I do not want to pay burdensome penalty taxes. I pay less and get better care AT NO TAXPAYER EXPENSE than anybody I know. That stops with ObamaCare. Get out of my life.
INSURANCE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION
I watched as my ailing mother struggled with stacks of insurance forms at the end of her life.
So did I. Worse, I had to struggle with them after I became her guardian. Stacks of insurance forms are the inevitable consequence of having insurance. Somebody paid for all that paper and printing and postage. With no insurance, I pay none of it. I have no struggle, just quality health care. ObamaCare takes that freedom away from me.
INSURANCE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION