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Obama: "I wish we had gotten it done faster."

As expected, President Obama yesterday said that lawmakers should not try to “jam through” a health reform bill before newly elected Republican senator Scott Brown goes to DC.  However, in his first interview since the Democrats lost their supermajority, Obama told ABC News that lawmakers should “move quickly to coalesce around” parts of the health-care bill that both parties can agree on.

“We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people. We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families.”

One of the issues the president specifically mentioned is pre-existing conditions.  “If you ask the American people about health care, one of the things that drives them crazy is insurance companies denying people coverage because of preexisting conditions. Well, it turns out that if you don’t … make sure that everybody has health insurance, … you can’t stop insurance companies from discriminating against people because of preexisting conditions.”

Recognizing that the process to overhaul health care has been less than efficient, Obama said “I wish we had gotten it done faster.”

Still no mention of issues that may help to garner votes from the other side of the isle to pass legislation, i.e. malpractice reform….


  1. Technology and defensive medicine are the two biggest drivers of health care costs. You can’t control technology costs except for denying coverage for certain new procedures and tests. We can’t control unnecessary testing (defensive medicine) because that would be unacceptable to the trial attorneys and they are a core constituency of the democratic party. You can’t cut physician payments because that will limit access. You can’t cut insurance company profits (35%) because they are large contributors to both parties.

    Why is the American working man left out in the cold on health care reform and if Bush and Clinton can join together to help Haitians, why can’t they join forces help uninsured Americans and develop ways to limit escalating health care costs.

  2. Recognizing that the process to overhaul health care has been less than efficient,“I wish we had gotten it done faster.” I agree! There is too much game playing and not enough working together for the better of the US.

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