The nation stands poised to dramatically reform our health care system. As Congress considers a major health care overhaul, the time is right for governors to define their roles in developing a more coordinated and efficient system to reduce the cost of health care and improve access to quality care.
The need for reform is critical. Regardless of whether the “payer” is the government or private insurance, we are all going to pay more—in increased taxes, increased premiums, or both—unless we can get a handle on spiraling health care costs. We cannot afford to sustain our existing level of health care spending.