If we were doing David Letterman’s Top 10 List of “Important Issues in 2009,” health care reform would be number one. President Obama made the issue the cornerstone of his legislative agenda, and it generated a tremendous outpouring of emotion on both sides of the issue.
ACEP believes that the current system is unacceptable and unsustainable. We have made that clear in testimony before Congress, in our discussions with Bush and Obama administration officials, and in our public outreach efforts.
We have also been very clear that the country needs a strong emergency care system not only for disasters and pandemics, but also for the commonplace emergencies that produce more than 119 million patient visits in our EDs every year.