People were worried the health care system would be overwhelmed when Medicare and Medicaid started in the 1960s too, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, but the system adapted.
"I understand there is a sense of worry, and change can be scary, but our present system is broken," Blackwelder said. "We pay twice as much for our health in this country and have worse outcomes than other countries.
"We will have to start coming up with creative solutions to this problem -- ones that won't have to wait for an act from Congress."