Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Obama Prioritizes Health Care Reform

Also from The Advocate here.

President Barack Obama said the words “health care” 14 times during his second nationally televised press conference Tuesday night -- a good sign for LGBT people who have had trouble getting or keeping health insurance.

“The bottom line is, is that I want to see health care, energy, education, and serious efforts to reduce our budget deficit,” President Obama said of the budget he hopes to see Congress approve. It’s a theme he pounded home consistently during the hour-long news conference, making very clear that overhauling the country’s health system is a nonnegotiable item in his budget. . . .

While no gay-specific questions were asked, LGBT people have a huge interest in what happens with health care reform based on the greater barriers to access they experience. The more money tagged in the budget for health care, the more sweeping the reforms will likely be. . . .

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