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At 12:30 PM ET, President Obama delivered remarks on reforming the health care system to reduce costs.

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Health Costs Letter to the President

Graphic from the report Hard Times in the Heartland: In a multi-state survey, one in five insured farmers had medical debt.

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In a meeting at the White House, rural representatives heard that President Obama is committed to comprehensive health care reform that will lower costs, guarantee choice of doctors and plans, and assure quality and affordable coverage for all Americans.

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The Administration is working with Congress to Reform Health Care. Listen to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talk about her first week in the office and the need for Health Reform.

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The Administration is working with Congress to Reform Health Care. Listen to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talk about her first week in the office and the need for Health Reform.

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Graphic from the report Helping the Bottom Line: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers.

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Helping the Bottom Line: Health Reform and Small Business, provides important information on how the high cost of health care burdens small businesses, weakens our economy and leaves millions of Americans without the affordable health care they need and deserve.

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President Obama will deliver remarks on reforming the health care system to reduce costs.

Fact Sheet
Health Costs Letter to the President



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Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet as the cost of care goes up while others face losing insurance as businesses struggle to cover employees.

Hard Times in the Heartland


1/3 of farm and ranch operators with insurance purchased it directly through an insurance agent. 4
Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. Hard Times in the Heartland provides insight into the current state of health care in rural areas and the critical need for health care reform.

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A Weekly Update on Health Reform

New Weekly Update Posted 5/7/09

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We want to hear what you think about health reform. Send us your story, proposals and ideas.

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Health Care Community Discussions

The recommendations from more than 3,200 Health Care Community Discussions were systematically analyzed to compile the report, Americans Speak on Health Reform.

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Reports on National Healthcare Quality and Health Disparities

Thumbnails of the 2008 The National Healthcare Quality Report and The National Healthcare Disparities Report

The status quo is unsustainable and we cannot allow millions of Americans to continue to go without the care they need and deserve.

--Secretary Sebelius

The White House Forum on Health Reform

President Obama Health Reform Fourm ReportPresident Obama brought together leaders with diverse views at the White House Forum on Health Reform. The White House issued a report highlighting the productive discussions from the event.

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Read Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle’s blog post

Health Reform and the Budget

The President’s 2010 Budget lays the groundwork for reform of the American health care system, most notably by setting aside a deficit-neutral reserve fund of $635 billion over 10 years to help finance reform of our health care system to bring down costs, expand coverage, and improve quality.

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Q: Which is a bigger killer: homicides or lack of health insurance?

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What People Are Saying

Monday, May 11, 2009

“Reform is not a luxury that can be postponed.”

Today President Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with six leaders of the health care industry to discuss what can be done to bring down the rising cost of health care. During the meeting, health care representatives presented a letter to President Obama outlining their commitment to work with the Administration to slow the skyrocketing costs of health care. In the letter, the companies pledge to decrease the annual health care spending growth rate by 1.5 percentage points, which estimates suggest could save as much as $2 trillion over the next ten years. President Obama said that this voluntary effort by the groups represents an “unprecedented commitment” to bringing down health care spending. President Obama has said repeatedly that bringing about health reform will not be easy; rather it will require everyone making sacrifices. Today’s announcement is welcome news to the Obama Administration and represents a step in the right direction.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley

During Secretary Sebelius’ confirmation process, she said that “action is not a choice. It is a necessity.” Days after her confirmation, HHS Secretary Sebelius sent a letter to two of the men who will play key roles in passing health reform: Senator Max Baucus and Senator Chuck Grassley.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

2009: The Year of Health Reform

One of Secretary Sebelius’ top priorities will be to work with the President, Congress, and Nancy-Ann DeParle to pass comprehensive health reform this year. In a recent WSJ story entitled, “Moment is Ripe for Obama to Fix Health Care”, writer David Wessel explains why this may be the “Year of Health Reform”

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Thurs, April 23, 2009

"With All These People Losing Jobs, A Lot Will Lose Their Health Insurance"

Evidence is mounting that the recession is causing thousands of Americans to lose their health care coverage. The Wall Street Journal reports today that health insurance companies are seeing profits shrink as their members are being laid off at an unexpected rate.

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