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Obama's Blueprint for Change: Healthcare

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My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less than what you are spending now. But if you are one of the 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, you will have health insurance that’s available to you. No one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness. Everyone will be able to buy into a new health insurance plan that’s similar to the one every federal employee, from a postal worker in Iowa to a congressman in Washington, currently has for themselves. It will cover all essential medical services including: preventive, maternity, disease management, and mental health care, and will also include high standards for quality and efficiency. If you can’t afford this insurance, you will receive a subsidy to pay for it. If you change jobs, your insurance will go with you. If you need to see a doctor, you will not have to wait in long lines for one. If you want more choices, you will also have the option of purchasing a number of affordable private plans that have similar benefits and standards for quality and efficiency. And my plan also provides substantial help to small businesses to cover their employees... Small businesses are America’s biggest job creator. Since 1990, companies with fewer than 20 employees have created 80 percent of new jobs in America. But today too many small businesses are sinking under the weight of rising health care costs. My health care plan won’t impose a single new burden on small businesses. Instead it will give them tax credits that will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of ensuring their employees. This will help them create not just new jobs, but good jobs, jobs with health care that stay right here in the United States of America. We will take on the big drug companies and insurance companies who have been blocking reform for so long, and provide affordable, quality health care for all. We’ll cut costs for small businesses and their workers by picking up part of the tab for some of the most expensive illnesses and allow small businesses to purchase insurance in a new low-risk pool. And we’ll cut the cost of the typical family’s health care by up to $2,500 per year by investing in prevention, and stopping diseases before they get so bad that they are expensive to treat, by investing in a paperless system to cut administrative costs. That’s the commitment I am making to you, the American people, and that’s the plan I’ll sign into law by the end of my first term as president of the United States of America.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 48 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: OFA
Director: New Media
Views: 3,931
Posted by: rpena on Oct 30, 2008

Barack Obama talks about his health care plan for all Americans.

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