"We are in a battle for the soul of medicine."
—Atul Gawande, M.D., during his keynote speech at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit July 17.

"I was just saying to my colleagues, think of the 1950s and how boring it must have been [for hospital administrators]. Once they got the coffee made and turned the lights on, what did they do all day?"
—John Finan, president and CEO, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, referencing the many challenges facing current hospital executives. Finan was on a panel about accountable care organizations at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit.

"Most Americans would agree that the government shouldn't be disbursing these benefits, in an extreme example, to Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, simply because he is older than 65."
—Sam Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, making the case for means testing for Medicare and Social Security in a July 20 Christian Science Monitor column.