Yesterday was a great day in the United States. For the first time in our history, a man of color was sworn in as the President of the United States. This has been a day of celebration for our country. But, now 1 day later, the real work of moving our Nation forward in a postive direction begins. President Obama has youth and enthusiasm on his side, but he cannot do the job alone. It is going to take all of us, working together as a Nation, to fix some of the monumental problems that are facing us. We worry about the economy and how we are ever going to be able to dig ourselves out of this very deep hole.
For those of us in healthcare, we are facing a crisis of monumental proportions. As the economy worsens and more people are faced with a lack of health insurance, we are finding that the need for our medical services is as great as ever, but there are fewer payors. There is also less money available to upgrade and improve our equipment and our facilities. Many hundreds of hospitals are reporting that they are delaying or abandoning much needed building and equipment replacement projects.
The answers will come. But they will take time. It will take hospitals, and consumers, and doctors, and insurance companies, and private industry, and our elected officials, and others all working together. I am very optimistic that at the end of this process, we will have made a difference and our Country and our citizens will have access to better health care and more importantly, better health.