You know what would have been cool? I think that it would have been awesome if the following conversation would have occurred:
President Obama (to his doctor): "Why do I need a colonoscopy? I'm only 48".
His Doctor: "Because you are the President of the United States".
Obama: "Yes, I know, that is why I keep sneaking a cigarette now and then. The stress is killing me. But aren't I supposed to wait until age 50 for colon cancer screening?"
Obama: "And while I am at it, is this virtual colonoscopy universally recommended to the general public as a method for screening?"
Obama: "Well, let's start this whole healthcare reform with me. I just want to do what's recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. That way I can be an example for the American people and tell them 'Do what I do and not just what I say'".
Doctor: "Yes, sir".
Unfortunately, President Obama did not do the above. I am not singling him out. Every other President in our history received the "works" from their team of doctors as well. It's just that I watched most of the Blair House meeting with the Republicans and distinctly remember him talking about how hypocritical it is that Congress gets a different healthcare system than the general public. He's right. That should change, too. But how much more powerful a statement would it have been if he refused services for himself that are not universally recommended?