It has been a week since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - better known as the health care reform bill - was signed into law by President Obama. The political debate goes on and will likely continue through this year's election season, as elected officials and voters debate the law and its effects.
Apart from the political debate, we wanted to know what was next for the nation's health care system. So we turned to Tom Lee, who's CEO of Partners Health Care in Boston and coauthor with James Mongan of Chaos & Organization in Health Care, which analyzes the prospects of reform from the standpoint of the delivery of care. He sent us the following thoughts on the changes just enacted, the challenges that lie ahead, and why reform matters.