Obama's Forum on Health Care and the Access for All America Act

On Thursday, Obama pushed health care reform to the forefront of domestic policy by hosting the Forum on Health Care at the White House. He spoke to lawmakers, lobbyists, journalists, and health care experts about the dire need for comprehensive reform and emphasized that it has become a matter of “fiscal imperative” that actions be taken by the end of the year.

Obama, was careful to maintain a compromising tone, promising to work with the GOP and avoid the mistakes made during the Clinton era attempt at overhauling the health care system. Of course, we have experienced the President’s conciliatory attitude concerning negotiations on the stimulus package with the GOP. We know how that worked out.

Much like how the White House handled the bailout, it is laying out its expectations for comprehensive health care reform and is leaving it up to Congress to craft the legislation. (There goes the compromise or any GOP involvement.)

CQ Politics-He has left the details of such legislation to Congress, where Democratic leaders say they hope to move a bill to the House floor, at a minimum, before the August recess.

Proposals will surely be lacking any creative analysis of reality and rely on the timeless progressive anecdote of more government spending as the only solution.

WSJ-The health plan that Mr. Obama had proposed as a presidential candidate, which is similar to ideas under consideration in Congress, is expected to cost more than $1 trillion over 10 years. That money would cover tax credits to help families and small businesses afford premiums.

With all of the spending that is supposed to induce savings the only change our progressive comrades are going to leave us with will be in your pocket, if that. I hope our government has plans to go to a lint backed currency soon.

Update: If you have any questions about Progressive or Liberal intentions on trying to push through universal health care once this legislation requires Congressional crafting, here is something for you to chew on.

OpenCongress.com-Access for All America Act

For official bill status, please visit, S.486

Just on a note of irony, this legislation was introduced by Sen.Bernard Sanders [I-VT], the only sitting member of Congress who is a self-described socialist.