“The time to take charge of our future is here,” Obama proclaimed this evening in his first address to a joint session of Congress, where he outlined his agenda for rebuilding America. He focused on three priorities– energy, health care and education. President Obama made a historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform and said that he will seek a cure for cancer.
Here are the health care highlights from today’s address:
Already, we’ve done more to advance the cause of health care reform in the last 30 days than we’ve done in the last decade. When it was days old, this Congress passed a law to provide and protect health insurance for 11 million American children whose parents work full-time.
Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives.
It will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American, including me, by seeking a cure for cancer in our time.
And — and it makes the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that’s one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control.
This budget builds on these reforms. It includes a historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform, a down payment on the principle that we must have quality, affordable health care for every American.
You can read the full transcript here.