I want to add my voice to the chorus regarding Barack Obamas preparedness or capabilities. We have a guy who, using technology, won the campaign in large part based on organization at the grass-roots level. He has co-sponsored an information technology bill to make government spending transparent and has spoken often about how IT can enable various industries, healthcare in particular. He had a new Web site for jobs up three days after the election. In John McCain, we have a guy who cant sign on.
So we have Obama who has just done the impossible, beating the most powerful political machine in the primary and breaking deep-seated racism and divisive politics in the general election. He aligned the goals of disparate groups, organized by all accounts the best-run campaign, and inspired many in the country and world. He also knows and has championed community-level issues and had a mother who died fighting with an insurance company. If this isnt what healthcare needs, what is?
I would argue that not only is Obama prepared to deal with healthcare and other issues, but also he is uniquely qualified, based on background, values, temperament and capabilities. Since healthcare IT is not the countrys top priority, especially after the financial meltdown, I suggest we emulate him and focus our energies and dollars on common goals and not on partisanship and greediness.
Ann FarrellPrincipalFarrell AssociatesSan FranciscoTo submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown.
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