Looking outward together in the same direction...
I love a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery that says, "Love does not consist in gazing
at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
GOALS are there so that we can shoot towards - personal dreams and hopes,
set just beyond where we are today.
This quote made me think of our historic health care reform bill that our President
is set to sign into law today.
This healthcare law is not a perfect plan, but one that will help fix many fundamental
flaws in our current system.
I have traveled extensvely in my life time.
Mainly in my service to our government where I was able to see the health care
systems of several countries in the Middle East, many others throughout Europe,
even a few in the old Soviet Union and many countries in Latin America.
In the last sixteen years I have worked intimately with the federal healthcare system
via DIF (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) an important program that assists the
citizens of Mexico with social and medical needs.
Back then it was embarrassing to think that my fellow citizens back home
were dying and going bankrupt because they lacked a good healthcare program.
We just didn't have a health care system that gave everybody access to health care,
like most of the countries I'd visited.
Just a few years ago, we were able to travel with a very sick little girl from
a small village in Sonora to the top children's hospitals in Mexico City for an
expensive heart surgery.
Her surgery and hospitaization saved her life and the cost for her
entire treatment was gratis - free.
Today I know there is a lot of divisive debate - debate that has been going
on for over a year.
But I feel we have done the right thing.
We must believe that as a people we know where we need to be and trust
in what we must all do to get there.
There's no doubt that we will need to work hard to address many other issues
such as tort reform and containing future health care costs.
Still I believe that we are headed in the right direction.
We all must embrace the road map and be the vehicle that will get all of us there.
Make it a great día!