President Bush referred briefly to health insurance and Social Security reform efforts in his 2008 State of the Union address.
Bush talked about the subjects in a section of his speech about the “unfinished business” that he said Democrats and Republicans must unite to complete.
Bush called for Congress to end “the bias in the tax code against those who do not get their health insurance through their employer.”
“The Congress must also expand health savings accounts, create association health plans for small businesses, promote health information technology, and confront the epidemic of junk medical lawsuits,” Bush said.
Bush did bring back past demands for Congress to create a system of individual Social Security retirement accounts, but he said spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid “is growing faster than we can afford.”