Dear colleagues:

I want to thank those of you who attended the National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco. It was important for America’s pediatricians to demonstrate our commitment and resolve to improve the health of our children during this time of crisis.

Now more than ever we must be resolute in speaking out for the health and welfare of our children. For the first time in our generation, our country is totally united. This bipartisan unity could provide the opportunity to move forward a children’s agenda.

As your outgoing president, what do I see as the six most important issues still facing the Academy?

1) All children, regardless of family income, should have health insurance that provides quality health care.

The principles of the AAP approach are solid: Children should have health insurance, and parents should be able to choose either a federally funded national child health plan with...

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