When Barack Obama delivers his critical health care speech to Congress tonight, he needs to mention three things to ensure the passage of health care reform and to save his presidency from certain failure.
1. No Public Option
Barack Obama's declining poll numbers speak loudly for Americans who do not want to give up their health insurance for a public, government controlled plan. Nor do they want their taxes raised to support free health care for illegal aliens.
2. Tort Reform
If Obama doesn't mention Tort reform tonight, he might as well hang up any chance of a health care reform bill passing this year. Medical malpractice damage awards is one of the main reasons medical costs have spiraled out of control in this country. The need for tort reform is simple: put caps on medical malpractice awards and associated medical costs will decline. Good doctors are leaving the field of medicine in droves due to the high cost of liability insurance. Each time a hospital is hit with a large medical malpractice damage award, the costs are passed down to us, the patients.
So far, Obama has ignored tort reform because he is a lawyer, and he's in bed with trial lawyers who rely on the lucrative income from medical malpractice cases to butter both sides of their bread with.
3. Erase state boundaries and decrease insurance costs
Instead of the government taking over health care (and ruining it for everyone), Obama needs to talk about erasing the boundaries between states so residents can cross states lines and buy insurance at competitive rates.
And while he's at it, he should talk about putting caps on insurance premiums to keep insurance rates affordable for everyone.
We'll see tonight if Obama has the backbone to stand up against the far left wing liberal extremists and save his presidency from failure.