The ACP Advocate Blog
by Bob Doherty
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Dr. Seuss' Rx for Obama's health reform slump
The places you'll go!
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't.
Because sometimes you won't.
You can get all hung up
In a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.
You'll come down from the Lurch
With an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.
And when you are in a Slump,
You're not in for much fun.
Is not easily done.
You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place ...
... for people just waiting.
Waiting for a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or NO
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting."
The above excerpts come from Dr. Seuss' final, masterful book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!," a motivational tale of overcoming life's challenges to arrive at great places.
I can't think of a better description of the present health reform slump, and of the weirdish, wild, space - the Waiting Place - in which members of Congress now find themselves. Waiting for President Obama to signal his intentions. Waiting for Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid to come up with a plan. Waiting for another chance to get health reform done, right.
(Meanwhile. Kristen Gerencher blogs in Market Watch about efforts by various stakeholders to ramp up pressure on Congress and the president to move forward on reform, including a joint letter sent yesterday to Congress and President Obama by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, and American Osteopathic Association, advocating that a pathway be found to move forward on "essential" reforms to expand coverage, ensure a sufficient primary care workforce, reform payment and delivery systems, and support alternatives to the medical liability tort system.)
Dr. Suess wraps up by saying:
"On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
And face up to your problems
Whatever they are ...
And will you succeed?
Yes, You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!"
President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow will tell us much about whether he can face up to his problems, regain the initiative, and move mountains to achieve comprehensive health care reform for all Americans.
Today's question: What do you think President Obama should say about health reform in his State of the Union address?
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About the Author
Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Author of the ACP Advocate Blog
Email Bob Doherty: TheACPAdvocateblog@acponline.org.Follow @BobDohertyACP
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