Let's get on with it
If something could be done now to improve the health of the nation without health-care reform, then we probably don't need health-care reform. The idea however that health-care reform could take years to implement even if it is enacted now is unacceptable. After agreeing to the stimulus bill, billions of dollars were delivered to financial institutions and given to the states within months. After deciding to go to war, it was only a matter of months before there were boots on the ground in Iraq.
In the looming threat of this recent flu pandemic, the United States will fare far worse than the other industrialized nations that provide health care for all of their citizens. Remember the SARS epidemic of 2003? If you don't it is only because Canada was able to act quickly having the health care network in place and the funds allocated for people testing positive with the disease to be quarantined in their own homes.
We need to get something done about health care in the next months. Taking years to implement health care does not sound like the undertaking of a nation as progressive as the United States of America. Let's get on with it!
November 4, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
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