Obama's Next Hiring Move: $1B Health-Care Jobs Plan
Plan to push innovation, reducing costs, as Congress deadlocked
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 4:04 AM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2011 7:56 AM CST
President Obama speaks from the Rose Garden during an event with medical doctors at the White House.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – With a deadlocked Congress still unable to launch any sort of jobs plan, the White House will announce today a $1 billion project for training and hiring health care workers, the latest in President Obama's "We Can't Wait" campaign, reports the Washington Post. The health care jobs plan will feature grants for doctors, health care organizations, and local governments, concentrating on programs that expand health care-related employment while reducing costs, and ones that can be implemented within six months.

“We’re seeking innovators, organizations, and leaders that have an idea to bring into further testing," said one administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health care has been one of the few bright spots in the US economy recently, adding 300,000 jobs over the past year, and on track to add 3.2 million more by 2018. Medical associations are predicting a coming shortage of doctors, with 63,000 too few in 2015 and a 130,000 shortage by 2025 if current trends hold. “We’re saying let’s find the best people to do these jobs and broaden the workforce," said the head of a medical innovation group.

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Nov 14, 2011 9:38 PM CST
America cannot and will not sustain itself when all the jobs Obama is creating are paid for with tax dollars. The only jobs that will have a positive impact are jobs that are paid for by exporting products to foreign countries. It's other people's money that will bring our economy back. If I can figure that out, why can't the Washington millionaires see it.
Nov 14, 2011 10:06 AM CST
We Can't Wait??? Hey Obama!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! CAIN IS THE MAIN!!!!!!!
Nov 14, 2011 8:25 AM CST
The "We Could Wait Before But We Can't Wait Now Because There's An Election Coming Up" campaign earmarks $1Billion. lol. The U.S. spends about $5-$10 billion every day. In addition, the administration handed out $837 Billion dollars with the Failed Stimulus Bill and nothing happened -- now, since that didn't work, they're going to try $1 billion. This is a companion effort to the student loan inititative that lowered fees by $5 per student. This Pretend-We're-Really-Doing-Something campaign should consider earmarking a Meeeelion dollars for bridge building and road construction in Passaic. They need a hundred more orange barrels and one more concrete pillar. All those who were fooled by this, please raise their hands.