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Wanted everybody to just step back for a moment.
And look at be unprecedented progress.
That we -- made.
On the reform that will finally lower costs.
And provide more choice.
In Maine we were able to bring together.
Health care providers around an agreement to do their part to decrease the annual rate of health care growth by one point five.
Percentage points annually.
We've got the pharmaceutical industry to agree to eighty billion dollars in spending reductions over the next decade.
Reductions that will make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.
Last week we reached an agreement with hospitals to bring down costs by another 155.
And just this past week.
Both the American Nurses Association.
And the American Medical Association.
Representing millions of nurses and doctors across the nation who know our health care system best.
Announced their support.
For what we're trying to do we're now at a point where.
Most everyone agrees that we need to invest in preventive and wellness programs that can save us money and help lead healthier lives.
We have an agreement on the need to simplify the insurance forms and paperwork that patients have to fill out every time they go to a hospital -- see a doctor.
We have an agreement on the need to reform our health insurance system.
So that if you lose your job change or job or start a small business you can still get affordable health insurance.
We have an agreement on the need to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans -- preexisting medical conditions.
And -- we have agreement on the need for a health insurance exchange.
A marketplace where people can compare prices and quality.
And choose -- health care plan that best suits their needs and this consensus has brought us closer to the goal of health insurance reform.
Than ever before.
Now we've got to get over the finish line and part of this process is figuring out how to pay for.
I've said that health insurance reform cannot add to our deficit over the next decade and I mean I realize that.
The last few miles of any race -- the -- wrong.
But I have to say -- now is not the time to slow down.
And now certainly not the time to lose our.
Make no mistake if we step back from this challenge at this moment.
We are and signing our children to a future of skyrocketing premiums.
And crushing deficits.
There's no argument about that.
If we don't.
Achieve Health Care Reform.
We cannot control the cost of Medicare and Medicaid and we cannot control.
Our long term debt and our long term deficits and that's not a future that I except for the United States of America.
Those who are betting against this happening this year.
-- badly mistaken.
We are gonna get this done we will reform health -- it will happen this year.
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