I feel hopeful today, as cheesy as it may sound. We definitely face massive challenges as a nation in the coming years, but it is nice to have a fresh start. I just hope that the energy and hope of today's inauguration can be sustained.
One of the first challenges the new administration is going to face is reforming health care. The longer I work within this system, the more and more obvious it become that the ship is sinking rapidly. We are beyond slow leak and approaching catastrophe, especially with the economy in the toilet. What to do? I have read, pondered, and worked on questions relating to health policy for some time now. This piece by Atul Gawande offers a rational solution: build on what we have. It's worth a read as we move forward in the coming months.