Let's get it done
"America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people," President Obama explained in his State of the Union address as he reflected on history.
He later said that Americans today perceive that Washington seems unable or unwilling to solve the middle class's problems.
Too right, Mr. President. Based on the latest polls, the American people want Democrats and Republicans to get to "yes" on jobs and the economy.
Don't give up. Don't quit, Congress.
Jobs are certainly the No. 1 focus, the President said. But we know that more businesses are dropping health insurance, and small businesses -- the engine of job growth in this country -- more often than not simply cannot afford to cover health care in today's insurance market.
The President wants to fix problems that hamper the nation's economic growth. One of the key constraints on growth is health care costs. The Congressional Budget Office said today that spending on Medicare and Meciaid are the "single greatest threat" to the nation's budget stability. Last year, higher unemployment drove up Medicaid spending by 9 percent. Outlays on Medicare grew by 10 percent. Both of these growth rates exceeded those seen in the past decade.
Our health care cost and access challenges must be dealt with, not next year, but now.
The President said, "Here's what I ask Congress: don't walk away from reform now that we are so close. Let us find a way to come together for the American people. Let's get it done."
Please, just do so. The dots directly connect between health care costs, jobs and the economy today, and for the health of the national budget in the long run.
January 27, 2010; 8:37 PM ET
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