Maybe this should have been the topic of Mr. Obama’s press conference:
“The last issue I’d like to address is health care the government costs.
Right now, Congress is debating various health care government costreform proposals. This is obviously a complicated issue, but I am very optimistic about the progress that they’re making.
Like energy, this is legislation that must and will be paid for. It will not add to our deficits over the next decade. We will find the money through savings and efficiencies within the health care government system — some of which we’ve already announced.
We will also ensure that the reform we pass brings down the crushing cost of health care government. We simply can’t have a system where we throw good money after bad habits. We need to control the skyrocketing costs that are driving families, businesses, and our government into greater and greater debt.
There’s no doubt that we must preserve what’s best about our health care government system, and that means allowing Americans who like their doctors legislators and their health care tax plans to keep them. But unless we fix what’s broken in our current system, everyone’s health care tax dollars will be in jeopardy. Unless we act, premiums taxes will climb higher, benefits will erode further, and the roles of the uninsured non-taxpayers will swell to include millions more Americans. Unless we act, one three out of every five dollars that we earn will be spent on health care government within a decade. And the amount our government spends on Medicare food and Medicaid entertainment will eventually grow larger than what our government spends on everything else today.
When it comes to health care government, the status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable. So reform is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. And I hope that Congress will continue to make significant progress on this issue in the weeks ahead.”
The transcript in its entirety can be found here