REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS ON HEALTH CARE

September 9, 2009

“Our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. 

When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like

Medicare and Medicaid. 

If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on

Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined. 

Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. 

Nothing else even comes close.  Nothing else,

Now, these are the facts.  Nobody disputes them. 

We know we must reform this system”.