March 02, 2010
Obama Will Include Republican Ideas in Health Care Bill
In a letter to congressional leaders, President Obama said he wants to incorporate Republican ideas on medical malpractice reform and trying to rid the health care system of waste and abuse in a revised proposal for health care reform.
LETTER TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ON HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
Please find attached and below a letter from President Obama to Congressional leaders on moving forward with health insurance reform legislation.
March 2, 2010
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, and Representative Boehner:
Thank you again for the time, energy, and preparation you invested in last Thursday's bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform. I have always believed that our legislative process works best when both sides can discuss our differences and common goals openly and honestly, and I'm very pleased that our meeting at Blair House offered the American people and their elected representatives a rare opportunity to explore different health reform proposals in extraordinary depth.
The meeting was a good opportunity to move past the usual rhetoric and sound-bites that have come to characterize this debate and identify areas on which we agree and disagree. And one point on which everyone expressed agreement was that the cost of health care is a large and growing problem that, left untended, threatens families, businesses and the solvency of our government itself.
I also left convinced that the Republican and Democratic approaches to health care have more in common than most people think.