President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday said that his economic recovery plan to create 2.5 million new jobs in part will rely on technology and healthcare modernization, a nod toward increasing the use of health information technology among physicians and hospitals as well as the trained staff who will be needed to run it.
In his speech, Obama signaled that healthcare reform would be crucial to any blueprint aimed at lessening the impact of an economic recession. Aside from going line by line through the federal budget to find cost-savers, the president-elect pledged to tackle long-term problems, like rising healthcare costs, as a means to put the country on more fiscally sound footing.
This is not just a challenge, but also an opportunity to improve the healthcare that Americans rely on and to bring down the costs that taxpayers, businesses and families have to pay, Obama said.
Its clear that advocates for far-reaching healthcare reform intend to tie their efforts to the broader economic picture, saying that in effect healthcare reform itself is a viable form of economic stimulus. That message hasnt been lost on Obama. If were talking healthcare, we want to put money into healthcare modernization that can help us save money over the long term, he said. We dont want to continue programs that arent working and (aren't) making people healthier.