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The President's Message on Health Reform

President Obama debunks the myths around health reform, and discusses the public option proposal in which many of them are rooted. But he focuses his address on the stark moral and historical turning point at which we find ourselves.


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Americans pay more for health care each year but get less coverage and fewer services for the premiums they pay.

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Electronic Health Records

Nearly $1.2 Billion in Grants Available to Help Doctors and Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records. The Recovery Act HITECH Grants will fund approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to provide technical assistance and support.

The White House will hold two events today on health care. At 2:55 PM EDT, President Obama will hold a Town Hall on Health Insurance Reform. A Health Care Stakeholders Discussion on Seniors Issues will air live at 4:00 PM EDT.
Health Care for all Americans

President Obama hold a Town Hall on Health Insurance Reform.

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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.

Americans pay more for health care each year but get less coverage and fewer services for the premiums they pay. Health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages, yet rising premiums are only one of the ways families shoulder the burden of rising health care costs.

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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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The Innovations Gallery celebrates the innovators and innovations who are championing the President’s vision of more effective and open government. was recognized by for allowing Americans to take part personally in the health reform process.

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A Weekly Update on Health Reform

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What People are Saying

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Why We Need Health Care Reform

“Our nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them.”

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lifting A Burden Of Worry

“Health insurance is fundamentally about peace of mind. If you have good insurance, you don't have to worry about an accident or sudden illness. You know that whatever happens, you and your family will be taken care of.”

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Wednesday, July 26, 2009

Let's dispel the myths holding up health care reform

“While there are many ideas about how to best reform the health system most, agree that all Americans should have affordable access to health care. Read on to shed some light on a few of the untruths standing in the way of quality health care reform.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Health Care Can't Wait

On the same day as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions introduced its health reform bill, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed urging the Congress to act quickly to pass health reform legislation.

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Take the Health Reform Quiz

True or False.  The majority of Americans with chronic conditions are below 65 years of age. 

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 My wife and I are both self employed, she left a state job 2 years back when we moved to Florida where I had taken a consulting position, I have been self employed for 15 years. We no longer were entitled to the great health benefits we enjoyed when my wife worked for the state.
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– Stephen from Florida

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