June 18, 2009

Obama ask doctors to reform America's health care system

US President Barack Obama today asked the country's largest doctors' group to help him reform America's expensive health care system, making it affordable for millions of uninsured Americans, as he likened the escalating health care costs to a time bomb that may make the country go "broke".

"I need your help doctors. To most Americans, you are the health care system. Americans 'me included' just do what you recommend. That is why I will listen to you and work with you to pursue reform that works for you," Obama said here at the annual meeting of the influential American Medical Association (AMA), which represents a quarter of a million doctors.

He said if they work together, they will be able to bring spending down, quality up and save hundreds of billions of dollars on health care costs while making the nation's health care system work better for patients and doctors alike.

Obama's nearly hour-long speech to about 2,200 AMA members and guests received numerous standing ovations and was booed once. Terming the escalating cost of health care "a threat to our economy", Obama said the cost is a burden on US families and businesses.

"It is a ticking time-bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America. If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of GM, paying more, getting less and going broke".

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