Obama health care speech: everyone is responsible

Jenny Decker RN's picture

President Obama spoke to Congress and the American people about health care reform, specifically health insurance. In this historic moment, President Obama opens with the economic situation, calling the very heart of the problem is the health care system currently in place.

As the president spoke about the reform, he stated three goals in the reform for the American health care system. He stated that for such an advanced democracy in the world, we have the most costly system with such high risks to our citizens. Obama states, “it is heartbreaking, it is wrong, and no one should be treated that way in the United States of America.”


The three goals delivered by President Obama include 1- security and stability for those currently with insurance, 2- providing health care to those without health insurance, and 3- to slow the growth of health care costs for families, businesses, and the government.

In order for this to work, the president informs the American people that everyone is responsible to make the health care reform work. It cannot be done without it. There may be those who refuse to get the required health insurance that will be offered. This is addressed by the fact that the American people will end up paying for those not willing to be part of it. Obama states that this includes the big businesses that refuse to offer these services will not be allowed to do so.

President Obama in his health care speech spoke of the duty of Washington to offer the same opportunities for health care insurance options and affordability that large businesses and Congress have. He states that everyone in America should have the same opportunities. Everybody must do their part. Obama states this is the only way for this to work. Health care reform is important for future prosperity.