President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting in Shaker Heights, Ohio this afternoon. Obama started off by saying that his only concern is the people who sent him to Washington. Obama reiterated that change is the cause of his presidency. Obama said his programs has helped to stave off any deeper losses in the economy and in job losses. He warned that it took us years to get into this mess and even more years to get out. President Obama said “Full recovery can’t come soon enough”. He said we will need to address fundamental problems that led to this economic situation we are in.
Obama said reform is not just about the nearly 46 million Americans without Health Insurance. He reiterated that reform is about giving all Americans more options and keeping Insurance companies out of the debate about your own treatment and coverage. He said no American,never again, will have to worry about being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions under the new plan. He took a dig at Republicans who got us in this mess and point figures at me and saying I am not about fiscal responsibility. They are the ones who got us into this mess by being irresponsible in prudent fiscal actions. President Obama ask that congress and senate are working constantly in getting a bill passed. Obama said he will not accept a delay simply because they are afraid of a vote. Obama said we can’t be afraid to change a system that we no is broken.
He said we got to cut the things we don’t need in order to fix health care. Obama vows not to sign a health care bills that increase the deficit. Here are some of the things that Health Care Reform will change.
1.) Use dollars that we are currently spending more wisely than we are currently spending.
2.)President Obama says the proposal will close half of the ceiling ( donut hole) in Medicare Part D. Many seniors reach the senior and they have to pay the difference. Obama pledged to close the donut hole.
3.) Ideas on the table would be to keep children on their parents insurance until that are 25 years of age. The limit currently is 23 years of age.
4.) Obama says the program will be paid for and not add to the deficit.
5.) Without reform companies will continue to not give raises the employers.
6.) Anyone who does not have health Insurance is able to choose from the plans on the insurance exchange plan and buy that plan at an affordable price. Including those with a pre-existing condition.
7.) There will be reinburement and incentive for prevention and wellness.
8.) The bottom line to pass Health Care reform will be done by the fall.
9.) Some changes will take effect immediate, prescription drug reform, pre-existent condition cause will be eliminated.
10.) Get more quality for less cost.