Quote(s) Of The Week 3/30/18

"Change is possible. Change is necessary. And change is coming… This administration, and this president, are not interested in incremental steps... We are unafraid of disrupting existing arrangements simply because they're backed by powerful special interests."

Alex Azar – Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services at the annual policy conference for the Federation of American Hospitals

“Every spring I'm reminded of the fact that healthcare is the one industry where the same old ideas are considered fresh for decades…”

Jonathan Bush – CEO and co-founder of athenahealth, in a note on a LinkedIn post March 23 where he outlined three steps to take healthcare transformation beyond "buzzwords."

 “…I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans [and]… As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country.”

David Shulkin, MD – Immediate Past Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in comments for a New York Times editorial on why privatization of the VA will “hurt veterans”

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