Soaring health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses are pushing families into bankruptcy or forcing them to go without the care they need. Over 46 million Americans have no medical coverage at all. Business owners fear they’ll be forced to choose between keeping their doors open or covering their workers. And ballooning costs of Medicare and Medicaid threaten to lead to fiscal catastrophe down the road. Simply put, the status quo is broken.

If we continue on our current course, within a decade we’ll spend one dollar out of every five we earn on health care – and we’ll keep getting less for our money.

Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve – it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer.

President Obama has made addressing the health care crisis an urgent priority, challenging Congress to pass real health care reform before the end of this year. While Congress works to craft legislation, the President has announced three bedrock requirements for real health care reform that any final plan must meet:

Reduce Costs

  • Reduce waste and fraud that comes from high administrative costs and unnecessary services that drive up costs with no added health benefits.
  • Reduce premiums and other costs and provide protection for families from bankruptcy due to catastrophic illness.
  • Promote public health programs to reduce behaviors that increase costs, such as obesity and smoking, and guarantee access to smart preventative care, including cancer screenings and nutrition counseling.

Guarantee Choice

  • Americans must be able to keep their current plan and doctor if they want, or choose a new plan -- including a public insurance option.
  • People should not be tied to their jobs just to secure health insurance.
  • No American should ever be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition.

Ensure Quality, Affordable Care For All

  • Implement patient safety standards and use technology to improve consistency and quality of care.
  • Protect families’ financial health through lower premiums.
  • Cover all Americans.
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