Reform Health Care Now: Syrocketing costs are choking American businesses

The first in an exclusive 10-part series on the nation's health care crisis.

Since taking office in January, President Obama has made it clear that overhauling the nation's health care system is one of his top priorities. Naysayers argue that the new President is tackling too much too soon in light of the current global economic crisis. Others maintain the President's plan is too ambitious and that our health care system just needs a tune-up.

As a physican on the front lines of the nation's health care crisis, I don't think these critics are wrong. I know they are. That's why I've channeled my inner David Letterman and come up with a Top 10 list of reasons Congress would be foolish not to take the President up on his challenge and put health care reform at the very front of its agenda this spring.