President Obama says he will adhere to eight "principles" in trying to overhaul the healthcare system.
One is to "aim for" providing every American with insurance, also known as universal coverage -- though Obama does not lay out a course for accomplishing that.
Other principles include reducing premiums, guaranteeing that Americans have a choice of health plans, and ending the insurance company practice of denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.
His budget also outlines how he and his congressional allies might pay for those goals.
The president has proposed a 10-year, $634-billion reserve fund as a "down payment" on healthcare reform:
He wants to raise nearly $318 billion over the next decade by limiting itemized deductions on income taxes for families making more than $250,000.