2012 State of the Union and Healthcare

The State of the Union is the annual address by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. As in years past, it is certainly divided down party lines and a place for the President to promote his political party and his “favorite” policy.

Unlike in years past, there was scant mention of health care in the 2012 State of the Union. The economy, the war in Iraq and the American dream were all talking points, but there was no mention of health care. While some theorized it was because the American public does not understand the health care reform bill, Forbes argues it is because American’s understand it too well. You see no mention of health care in the White House movie on the making of the State of the Union:

 

Compare that to these telemedicine remarks in the 2011 State of the Union:

Or his coverage of the cost of healthcare in 2009:

After a few years of a heavy focus on health care, it will be interesting to see if the exclusion of health care in the State of the Union is a precursor for the related politics to come, especially the upcoming Supreme Court arguments regarding health care reform.