President Barack Obama met today with groups that will be involved in health care reform, “including representatives from insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and unions” according to his official website (http://my.barackobama.com).
The meeting comes on the heels of the president’s statement that he is open to considering the inclusion of complementary medicine in the U.S. health care system.
“We should do what works,” President Obama said at a townhall meeting in Arnold, Missouri, in late April. “I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments—or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions.”
Of the purpose of today’s meeting, the website noted, “Over the last decade, Americans have seen their out-of-pocket expenses soar, while health care premiums doubled at a rate four times faster than wages. Today, half of all personal bankruptcies currently stem from medical expenses. The various groups who attended today’s meeting have voluntarily made an unprecedented commitment. Together, they have pledged to cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year over the next ten years—an amount that’s equal to over $2 trillion.”