I could not agree more with former President Bill Clinton's remark that “the worst thing to do is nothing” in Matthew DoBias' Nov. 10 article, “Clinton presses Democrats to unite.” Reforming a system as large as healthcare is an ominous task to say the very least. However, if we allow ourselves to be caught up in politics and try to develop the perfect solution to such a complex institution, we will surely pass up this opportunity to better the lives of all Americans.
Pursue reform despite possible setbacks
We cannot be afraid to fail. It is inevitable that we won’t get it all right on the first try, and that has to be OK. Every great innovation and advancement in history came as a result of multiple failures—from Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb to surgeon Thomas Starzl’s first successful liver transplant. Life as we know it today would not be the same without their fearless and persistent contributions.
So, let’s allow the currently proposed bill to be a catalyst for change. Let’s acknowledge that the system will need to be nurtured and reshaped many times, but in the end, we will have a solution that can truly benefit the health and well-being of our country.
Randi WeirStudentUniversity of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
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