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Obama Open to Compromise on Healthcare Overhaul

Obama Open to Compromise on Healthcare Overhaul

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the White House Forum on Health Reform, Thursday, March 5, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AP

March 05, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said the consensus from the White House health care summit is that there is an immediate need for health care reform, and signaled that he’s open to compromise on Thursday.

Obama told participants at the end of a health summit that although he offered a plan during last year’s campaign, he isn’t wedded to that proposal. He told Republicans and Democrats, doctors and insurers — “I just want to figure out what works.”

The president said there are some elements that all sides can agree on such as electronic health records that will save lives and money. Other issues — such as his $634 billion down payment for expanded coverage — are certain to create deep divisions.

He said: “We have to keep an open mind.”

Obama invited more than 120 people who hold a wide range of views on how to fix the system.

Obama entered the room with Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, who is battling a brain tumor. After brief remarks summarizing the participants’ observations, Obama called on Kennedy. The veteran Democratic senator said he looked forward to being a foot soldier in the push for health care reform and said: “this time we will not fail.”

Kennedy, who recently turned 77, is battling brain cancer and has been in Florida continuing his treatment and physical rehabilitation. He chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a strong Obama backer during the 2008 campaign.

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    NE_D

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has not yet provided a single successful cure or therapy. It has been well documented that where fetal stem cells have been used on human subjects, tumors have developed leading most scientists to consider fetal stem cells unstable and prone to causing cancer, thus making them inappropriate for human application.

    Adult stem cell therapy, on the other hand, is ethical and is already helping patients for a variety of illnesses and afflictions. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have the properties of embryonic stem cells without the embryonic stem cell problems. One major benefit of iPS cells is they can be patient-specific; since they can be created from a patient’s own skin or other cells, they are not rejected by the patient’s immune system. Another benefit is that it’s easier to obtain and manipulate iPS cells than embryonic stem cells.

    In 2004, California appropriated $3 billion for ESCR. ESCR has yet to provide a single benefit for that investment. In these economic times, shouldn’t we invest our valuable resources where the best chance of success is expected – where success has already been demonstrated? Adult stem cells are already proven to be successful in providing cures. Isn’t that where we should be investing?

    Why is the National Institutes of Health strongly in favor of ESCR? In 2002 NIH purchased exclusive right to research, develop, and commercialize therapies utilizing embryonic stem cells. I understand NIH has no such license for any adult stem cell research technology. If a hammer is the only tool in your toolbox, every problem appears as if it were a nail. In this case, it must appear to NIH as if ESCR is the only stem cell solution. If ESCR were to be abandoned, many scientists and research institutes stand to lose much fame and fortune.

    Even though ESCR appears to be an expensive lost cause, why are so many like ANA desperate to support it? Is it to maintain public support for harvesting embryos for stem cell research so as to block this one step toward restricting abortion, the killing of fetuses – unborn babies? Is this the position of health care societies and workers? Whatever happened to the motto, "Do NO harm"?

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Finally the Catholic Church is doing something good. They announced that if President Obama rescinds the " Conscious Clause", they will close all of their hospitals. I would hate to see nurses lose their jobs, but enough of his left wing crap. He had a closed door meeting with the top members of the Catholic Church, wonder what that was about???

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Obama is definately overhauling the medical field. You have strong convictions, but President Obama says that doesn’t matter. He’s ready to rescind the Conscience Clause. The Conscience Clause was implemented by former President George W. Bush to give physicians and nurses the choice to act according to their conscience — to not participate in abortion procedures if it conflicts with their personal convictions. If President Obama makes this damaging move, if he reverses the Conscience Clause, pro-life doctors and nurses will be forced into performing abortion procedures, despite their individual beliefs. Defend the Conscience Clause and stand for the freedom to act according to your moral convictions. Contact the ACLJ by adding your name to our Petition to Protect Pro-Life Doctors, Nurses and other health care members.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Some how funding needs to be provided and policies need to be changed. Each nurse should have no more than 5 patients at a time, with an aide. When the nurse is over-whelmed with one very ill patient, their time is taken away from the others, who also may be needing attention. Having a lower nurse to patient ratio is safer for everyone. Having an aide to help is a very valuable thing, since some patients require a lot of extra help, this can free the nurse for other critical duties.

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    kashaRN

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    WOW! I am amazed how many of my front line nursing collegues are aware of how destructive our new policy makers can be and how scrary it will be if the government takes over healthcare. What has the government run well? NOTHING is perfect and we need some changes but the feds are going to take it over? Do you think nursing will be asked for its opinion. IF those on top of the ANA are asked..what do you think they will say? The party line is very liberal in the name of being very PC.

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    M60802

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Just want to say that I agree that the Govt. should stay out of healthcare.

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I guess I should of paused between the two. I meant to say, I dont care anymore. Sad, yes. Society will do what they want, without regard, if it benefits them. I believe the embryo (EVEN FROZEN)is not just tissue, but a life.
    All I can do is hope Obama's damage can be repaired after he is out of office. This includes the many other things he has planned.

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    tarac3182

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    Stem Cells do not come from abortions! Where did that come from? It can be harvested from umbilical chords,adult stem cells and alternative sources(see below). Generally, embryonic stem cells present an ethical debate. Yes, the embryo must be destroyed to harvest the cells, but a great source(IMHO) is from excessive in-vitro embryos which will never be used and are destroyed anyway. I do understand, though, if pro-lifers take issue with tha, but as I said, there are other sources. This is from Wikipedia.com....

    "Some stem cell researchers are working to develop techniques of isolating stem cells that are as potent as embryonic stem cells, but do not require a human embryo.

    Some believe that human skin cells can be coaxed to "de-differentiate" and revert to an embryonic state. Researchers at Harvard University, led by Kevin Eggan, have attempted to transfer the nucleus of a somatic cell into an existing embryonic stem cell, thus creating a new stem cell line.[3] Another study published in August 2006 also indicates that differentiated cells can be reprogrammed to an embryonic-like state by introducing four specific factors, resulting in induced pluripotent stem cells.[4]

    Researchers at Advanced Cell Technology, led by Robert Lanza, reported the successful derivation of a stem cell line using a process similar to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, in which a single blastomere is extracted from a blastocyst.[5] At the 2007 meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) [6], Lanza announced that his team had succeeded in producing three new stem cell lines without destroying the parent embryos. "These are the first human embryonic cell lines in existence that didn't result from the destruction of an embryo." Lanza is currently in discussions with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine whether the new technique sidesteps U.S. restrictions on federal funding for ES cell research.[7]

    According to a January 9, 2007 Daily Telegraph (London) article reporting on a statement by Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University, the fluid surrounding the fetus has been found to contain stem cells, that, when utilized correctly, "can be differentiated towards cell types such as fat, bone, muscle, blood vessel, nerve and liver cells", according to the article. The extraction of this fluid is not thought to harm the fetus in any way. "Our hope is that these cells will provide a valuable resource for tissue repair and for engineered organs as well," said Dr Atala."

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    As for Obama as President, yeah I am stuck with him for at least the next four years. I still think he is to liberal. It is the democrats turn, I could wish them failure, as they did for the republicans, but that gets us know where. Whatever is to liberal will get reversed by the next republican in office. As for stem cell reversal, we already murdered the babies, why stop there. It still amazes me that someone could hit a pregnant woman in the stomach and go to jail for murder, but if the woman wants to get rid of it...thats ok.
    I would like to see the President succeed in some things , but not all of his policies. His biggest thing is the economy. I keep seeing the stockmarket responding negatively to his plans. The people of the US have little patience. We demand a quick fix for everything, and when it does not happen we turn on the individual. It is sad, but this is what we do.
    Before the scandals of the Iraq war, the approval was high until it was going to take longer than expected. The people lost intrest quickly, ratings dropped.

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I do not like to see people without healthcare. I wish it could be fixed. I would like to seen more of the trillion of dollars go to healthcare, instead of Nancy Pelosie's payoff to loyal liberal organizations. As for ideas, I wish there was more. I worry when the government tries to fix things, it produces more problems.

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    tarac3182

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    Nurse81, sure in a critical care situation emtala guarantees treatment, but don't you consider Chemo life-saving? One cannot get cancer treatment if one goes to the ER. Nor can they just show up to a Dr's office and ask for it without paying a ridiculous amount first. Furthermore, I consider Pap Smears to be life-saving because they can detect early cancer, but unless you agree to be on birth control, you cannot just go to the health dept and get one. Organ transplants are another example. I could go on, but you get the idea. POC, if one is always looking for communism in our country, that would be ok, I guess. It's a free country, but the only reason most are screaming, "SOCIALISM" is because our president is liberal. The same could have been said for any other democratic president, but it wasn't a big deal. Why now? Also, I believe that when one is looking so hard for something, one will find it(however small or insignificant) and make a mountain out of a mole-hill. My question for those that disagree with the President's healthcare reform is, what are your ideas/plans for how to fix it? Or do you just think it's fine and dandy? And I don't believe that people should just pay is a good answer because the reality is that this will probably never be possible. That is definately idealistic. Should the people that can't afford healthcare just go suck an egg? That is not very compassionate thinking. I do agree, though, thatif people stopped going to the DR/ER for every sniffle, things would be much better, but this is not limited to indigent people. A lot of insured people do the same and that raises the premiums for everyone else!

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    hydranthound

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Hey Gospellove, God May have allowed him to be there. Have you ever God sometimes gives us what we want just to make a point.
    Obama is showing more liberal agenda as each day goes by. The stockmarket is a sign of this. He may be able to charm the people, but has no ability to do it to a capitolist market.

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    Nurse_John

    over 5 years ago

    28262 comments

    I agree with nurse81, government needs to stay out of healthcare. Allt he countries that have a national form of health care all have high taxes and yet there is still a discrepancy between the rich and poor in those countries. We already have a form of national health care her in the US, it is called Medicare. Anyone who has had to take care of and pay for treatments for elderly parents knows that it does not work. I was neither an Obama or a McCain supporter but I do think we need to make ourselves heard if we do not agree with him.

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    POC

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    tara,
    Do you think we should NOT be looking for signs of Communism in our county?

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    POC

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    Obama DID start electronic health records, his buddy, Al Gore-inventor of the internet-helped him!

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