On March 5, 2009, President Obama opened the White House Health Care Summit with the following statement: “Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative… Our goal will be to enact comprehensive health care reform by the end of this year. That is our commitment. That is our goal. The status quo is the one option that is not on the table. And those who seek to block any reform at any cost will not prevail this time around.”
The Summit convened more than 150 participants, including members of Congress, doctors and leaders of labor unions, business groups, hospitals, insurance companies and consumer organizations.