This post is a comment in response to Bill Shireman's editorial on Huffington Post. The Trackback URL is connected to this post.
I convened a leadership dialogue in the Bay Area in 1993 and since then I have participated in similar types of discussions. The conclusion of these conversations is always the same. We have outgrown our system of government. I see that now more than every. How can we expect one person, e.g. Obama to save the day.
There is much work to do and miles to go that should insure that people like you and me are funded and consistently doing our share of work to address the issue you have summarized here of most importance. We simply have to find resources and funding for the hard work needed. Thank you for your excellent work. I have just announced to my community on Linkedin.com that we are now focused on doing our work our work re: health from a global perspective.
To limit the work we have ahead of us within the US will not move us forward.
The US now ranks No. 7 of the western countries examining their health care systems - cost twice as much and provides the poorest quality ranked with Germany, UK, AU, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada.
Massachusetts was the first state to introduce health care reform. This has resulted in increased emergency room visits and expense. Will US health care chose to support our program, participate or move into the category of "a place of no return?" Time will tell.