Your president participated in a panel discussion of health care initiatives in DC today.
I Suppose A President Who Cannot Keep Track Of His Vice President Shouldn’t Be Expected To Keep Track Of His Secretary of Health and Human Services
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mark. Thanks, Mike Leavitt — where are you, Michael? Surely, he’s here?
DR. McCLELLAN: He’s in Florida, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, he’s in Florida. Okay. Surfing. Actually, I saw him this morning — don’t make excuses for him. He’s doing a heck of a job, he really is, and I hope you enjoy working for him.
He Just Finished A Cheney Hunting Cocktail
One way to help control costs is to help people who are poor and indigent get costs in places that are much more efficient at delivery of health than emergency rooms.
He’s Really From Connecticut
Thirdly, lawsuits are running up the cost of medicine. The practice of — the defensive practice of medicine or the practice of defensive medicine — I’m a Texan.
I Said A Statistic!
I said a statistic the other day in the State of the Union that’s got to startle you if you’re involved with the health care delivery in America: 1,500 counties don’t have an OB/GYN because lawsuits have driven a lot of good docs out of those counties.
Chimpy Is Pro-Choice
But the key thing in a health savings account is you actually put a patient in charge of his or her decisions — which we think is a vital aspect of making sure the health care system is not only modern, but a health care system in which costs are not running out of control.
Relatively Small Brain Guy
Go ahead and share with people — small clinic, relatively small clinic, big hospital guy, small clinic person.
Just The Facts
Wendy’s premiums rose this year, I think, at less than 2 percent — maybe even less than 1 percent, if I’m not mistaken. And they were increasing at double-digit rates — I hope I’m not exaggerating — they were going up quite dramatically, let me put it to you that way.