Obama: Stop talking and get moving on health care

March 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
President Barack Obama says federal officials for years have only "talked and tinkered" over health care reform while problems have gone unresolved. Opening his conference on health-care, Obama complained that the soaring cost "now causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds." He was speaking Thursday to over a hundred experts and policymakers invited to the White House, including some who opposed the Clinton administration's health-care overhaul.

Obama told the White House Forum on Health Reform: "We have tried and fallen short, stalled time and again by failures of will, or Washington politics, or industry lobbying."

He said the country can't afford to wait for the economy to recover before tackling out-of-control medical costs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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