June 18, 2009 09:05 ET

Congress Debating Whether America Can Afford Reform Plan, Announces

ARROYO GRANDE, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - announces healthcare reform questions being asked by Congress today include questioning affordability of President Obama's plan. Rushing to sign healh care reform bill could be costly to Americans, regardless of the President's comments last week. Although Obama is determined to push reform through Congress as quickly as possible, as evidenced in his remarks last week, time and care should be taken to make sure we get it right. "I think the status quo is unacceptable and that we've got to get it done this year. If we don't get it done, this year, we're not going to get it done," Obama said. agrees that affordable healthcare is an urgent priority for all Americans, but does not agree that speed is the best way to achieve the goal.

"We cannot avoid bringing about change in our healthcare system," Obama told a group of Senate Democrats. "Soaring healthcare costs are unsustainable for families, they are unsustainable for businesses and they are unsustainable for governments, both at the federal, state and local levels." While affordable medical insurance is critical, a public program isn't the answer to the problem. Instead, Congress needs to be certain that any reform package will actually solve the problem, not compound it.

The proposal before the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pension Committee today includes government-funded medical insurance and mandates for both individual and family medical insurance and employer-sponsored medical insurance plans. While Democrats are pushing hard for the bill, others are concerned about the cost of the new program. Full cost estimates of the program are not yet available, and conservatives say amendments and approval without those estimates would be foolish.

Sen. Michael Enzi (R) of Wyoming expressed concern about the current bill and advises against rushing consideration of the bill because of the current economic situation. "This bill costs too much, covers too few and will force about 10 million people to have to lose their employer-provided employee benefit plans." Enzi believes the current bill will not help the economy but would actually make things worse. "We need a bill that won't destroy the economy. supports affordable health coverage for every individual, family and business in America and is working today to help provide medical insurance at rates people can afford. President Obama believes healthcare reform must happen this year or it may never happen at all. agrees with Sen. Enzi that rushing a proposed bill without fulling considering is costs is not the route to affordable medical insurance.

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