The jokes were sparse as a somber former President Bill Clinton took on the ills of the health care system during his HIMSS13 keynote speech, and urged his information technology audience to accelerate their work to support improvements.

The politics and social impact of the health reform law have yet to be fully determined, Clinton noted, because that depends on how fully the law is implemented and many contentious issues have not yet been resolved. The politics of reform continue to resonate deep, he reminded. Health care reform politically killed supporting congressional candidates in 2010, then the politics changed and reform politically killed candidates opposed to the law in 2012.

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