Health Care Cost-Containment Ideas Mesh at Summit

(AP) -- A consensus on how to rein in spiraling health care costs seems to be emerging at President Barack Obama's health care summit.

Obama agreed with assertions by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that such waste and abuse now account for up to a third of the cost of entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid and is a major barrier to more widespread insurance coverage.

Coburn said cost is the chief reason millions of people don't have health insurance. House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said he believed Coburn had a point. But he also said the proposals advanced by his fellow Democrats would accomplish just the kind of cost-containment the GOP says it supports.

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  • by Sher Location: Rockford on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    It is absolutly ridiculous that someone like myself that makes $10 and hour makes "too much" for state health aid but to buy it on my own costs more than my car payment, for just me! Should'nt health care be a right that is obtainable in some way for everyone?
  • by John Location: Ogle County on Feb 25, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    I feel national health care of any kind is just another way for the government to control the people of this country.
  • by Roy Location: Belvidere on Feb 25, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    When congress and the executive branch give up all their perks and take the same health care pakage they are trying to give us , I will sign on to it.
  • by Anne Location: Beloit on Feb 25, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    It was aparent to us that Harry Reid and Nancy Polosi, who originally crafted the Senate and House Bills behind closed doors, have their minds made up--they want what THEY WANT. They didn't even have the courtesy to look at the Republicans in their opening statements. This was very rude and juvenile for people who have been elected to such high offices. Start this over and do step-by-step changes so that this country won't be bankrupted by such a massive program that will significantly change health care the way we know it. We simply cannot afford such a plan in these difficult economic times.
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