Well, firstly it’s important to understand that healthcare costs are the biggest driving force behind the federal deficit and thus, healthcare reform is Obama’s top legislative priority. Specifically, Obama is designing an overhaul to create a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurance programs in an effort to insure the 46 million uninsured Americans. With healthcare costs rising faster than inflation, the number of uninsured is guaranteed to climb without reform .
A recent Washington Post poll shows that public support for Obama’s healthcare reform has plummeted below 50% . Big ouch. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, said there were enough votes to pass the bill in the House. This count was later questioned by Boehner.
Obama is pushing for the bill’s first version to be passed in each chamber of Congress before the one-month August recess. Republicans want a delay . The month-long break is sure charge opposition.
Please comment — what are your thoughts on Obama’s proposed healthcare plan?
. Whitesides, John. Obama Says Healthcare Crucial for Economy. Reuters Health. July 22, 2009.