President Obama showed a clear understanding of the problems in the current healthcare system. To reform it will require political leadership to outline the goals and physician leadership among others to make it happen. The real question is whether either group is up to the task.
If either group fails, then America will simply have a nation less healthy, costing more, and unable to compete in a global marketplace. In the meantime, what will we do (as well as those millions underinsured or uninsured) between now and implementation in 2013?
In other words, over the next three years each of us will still need to navigate a healthcare system that increasingly is expensive bankrupting businesses and families without making us healthier compared to other industrialized companies that pay far less.
Even with reform, it will still take years for the reality of a healthcare system that is the envy of the world to take hold. What will each of us do between now and then to ensure that we stay healthy, live longer, and spend wisely?
The President's speech in its entirety.