THE PLANK FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Obama on health care, moments ago:
...there will be many different opinions and ideas about how to
achieve reform, and that is why I'm bringing together businesses and
workers, doctors and health care providers, Democrats and Republicans
to begin work on this issue next week.
I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be
hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first
called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our
economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be
no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.
The first part, by the way, is a reference to
the open meeting Obama has long promised--a summit at which all
interested parties would come to the table and state their views in
full public view. The White House hasn't announced the precise date
yet. But if you care about health care, keep your calendars free for late in the week.
(Cross-posted at The Treatment)