President Obama has submitted his first budget to Congres. His budget blueprint holds great news for health care reform. The President proposes to create a $635 billion reserve fund as a down payment on health care. The President’s principles-echoing HCFANY’s own 10 Standards– state that health care reform should ensure affordable coverage for all Americans, protect individuals’ and families’ financial well-being, invest in prevention and wellness, protect patient safety and quality of care, and be fiscally responsible, sustainable and portable.
In a related news, Health Care For American Now (HCAN!)’s report “Next Step: Health Care-To Fix New York’s Economy, We Need To Fix Health Care Now” reiterates New Yorker’s urgent need for relief amidst rising health care costs and an worsening economic crisis. The report concludes that now is the right time for a national solution.