President Obama's Promises About Health Care

Promise Honored Lift President Bush's restrictions on stem cell research (Comments)
"I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations. As president, I will lift the current administration’s ban on federal funding of research on embryonic stem cell lines created after August 9, 2001 through executive order … .."

Promise Honored Expand State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) (Comments)
"Obama will expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) programs and ensure that these programs continue to serve as a critical safety net." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Promise in the Works Invest $10 billion/year implementing electronic health system (Comments)
"Barack Obama and Joe Biden will invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records." —

Prevent insurance companies from discriminating (Comments)
"And as someone who watched his own mother spend the final months of her life arguing with insurance companies because they claimed her cancer was a pre-existing condition and didn't want to pay for treatment, I will stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care most." — 11/3/08, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ensure all Americans have health insurance (Comments)
"I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year." — 6/23/07, Hartford, Conn.

Prosecute insurance monopolies (Comments)
"We'll investigate and prosecute the monopolization of the insurance industry. And where we do find places where insurance companies aren't competitive, we will make them pay a reasonable share of their profits on the patients they should be caring for in the first place." — 5/29/07, Iowa City, Iowa

Expand nurse-family partnership program (Comments)
"Obama will expand the highly successful Nurse-Family Partnership to all 570,000 low-income, first-time mothers each year." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Help individuals purchase private health insurance (Comments)
"The Obama plan will create a National Health Insurance Exchange to help individuals who wish to purchase a private insurance plan." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Require all children to be insured (Comments)
"Obama will require that all children have health care coverage." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Address women's health issues (Comments)
"Obama will invest in research to examine gender and health disparities. Obama will also establish community-outreach programs in underserved areas to help make sure women have health care and maintain healthy lifestyles." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Appoint adviser to address violence against women and give job security (Comments)
"Obama will appoint a special adviser who will report to him regularly on issues related to violence against women. Obama will also pass legislation that provides job security to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Establish loan forgiveness program for rural doctors and nurses (Comments)
"He will attract providers to rural America by creating a loan forgiveness program for doctors and nurses who work in underserved rural areas." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

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