Thank you for joining the discussion and sharing your thoughts on the health care challenges in your state. The President understands those challenges and has made it clear that health insurance reform must bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today, provide affordable coverage to those who don’t, and lower the cost of health care to help our families, businesses, and government.
Many of the comments you posted online are similar to those we have heard from doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical professionals across the county. You see firsthand the problems with our health care system – what happens when patients cannot receive the care they need because an insurance company has decided to drop or water down coverage, or when individuals do not have check-ups or preventive screenings because insurance companies do not cover them or they are uninsured. Dr. Joel commented that “our focus needs to shift to strategies of prevention and include incentives for healthier lifestyles.”