President Bush in his State of the Union address Tuesday reiterated his support for health information technology and touched on other proposals he has
mentioned before, such as expanding health savings
accounts, helping small businesses through
association health plans, approving liability
reform legislation and improving transparency in
"We need to reduce costs and medical errors with
better information technology," Bush said. "We will encourage price transparency."
In addition, he also promised to fix Medicare and Medicaid and "save Social Security."
Democrats such as Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois blasted the presidents proposal to revise the tax code and redirect federal funds to the states to improve access to private health insurance.