At his address to Congress tonight, President Obama said that health care reform "will not wait another year."
Obama cited the frightening statistics: every 30 seconds, an American goes bankrupt due to medical costs. One and a half million Americans may lose their homes due to medical costs this year. Premiums have increased four times as quickly as wages. And, said Obama, lack of affordable, accessible health care "is one of the major reasons why small businesses close their doors
and corporations ship jobs overseas. And it’s one of the largest and
fastest-growing parts of our budget." Obama was clearly showing his listeners that he well understands the economic costs of our failed health care system.
It’s ambitious, but the plan for reform still lacks a leader; a head of Health and Human Services has not yet been nominated.
“So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”