Are you one of the millions of Americans fed up with health care costs? Today at the White House President Obama met with leaders from the health care industry vowing to change the system.
The "coalition" of doctors, drug makers, health insurance executives and others say they will lower costs.
"What's brought us all together today is a recognition that we can't continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years. The costs are out of control and that reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait," said Pres. Obama.
Their pledge: Save $2 trillion on health care over the next 10 years. (CLICK HERE for more details)
Some of the changes the coalition is working on, include:
· Reducing drug prices.
· Improving care after hospitalizations and reduce hospital readmission rates
· Expanding the Hospital Quality Improvement Program
· Improving Medicare and Medicaid payment accuracy
Pres. Obama says this is just the beginning and more proposals are in the works. He says he knows the pain of worrying over medical bills.
"My mother passed away from ovarian cancer a little over a decade ago. And in the last weeks of her life, when she was coming to grips with her own mortality and showing extraordinary courage just to get through each day, she was spending too much time worrying about whether her health insurance would cover her bills. So I know what it's like to see a loved one who is suffering, but also having to deal with a broken healthcare system," he said.
But is it easier to talk about reform than actually get it done? Remember, 15 years ago the Clinton Administration couldn't get health care reform approved in Congress.
And, this $2 trillion dollar commitment to cut costs is voluntary. Not enforceable. The medical organizations don't want Congress to make any laws determining medical prices. So, they're hoping that by promising to cut costs themselves, they'll stop the government from doing it.
What do you think of today's meeting? A good first step? Sound off below.
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