Fixing the U.S. health care system is an economic imperative, but it will have to be accompanied by a change in what we expect of our government and ourselves. Republicans are right to hold government more accountable and to push for more fiscal control. We too, as individuals, must be more accountable for our health behaviors. More than 75 percent of all medical costs result from chronic disease that is preventable and manageable. To heal health care in this nation, we must embrace accountability at every level and have sustainable expectations about our government and ourselves.
Michael O. Leavitt served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah. He is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, where he advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors. Learn more at www.leavittpartners.com.