For some time, we have been working on taking the years of work and effort of understanding the issues that have plagued our healthcare system and why none of the legislation or proposals, so far, have been able to deliver on their promises. When I was researching my last book, The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America, I came to the conclusion that many of the problems were rooted in most of our past decisions and fixes. What we now think of as a system is mechanically incapable of performing as one. Most of the things we believe about our healthcare system, and to a large part, the practice of medicine lives more in the land of myth and fantasy than reality.
I have written extensively about most of the issues and I have chronicled many of the deficiencies in the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. In the past few months I have been working with an increasing number of individuals, on both sides of the aisle, to find a more pragmatic — less partisan solution.
As a result of many of these meetings, speeches and various other activities we began to develop a white paper, recently published here. Initially, I thought this effort would produce some higher level recommendations and my role would be very limited. This has not been the case. The more we have discussed the core principals, the more buy-in we have received on the general concepts.
This broad level interest has resulted in a commitment to provide a more focused location for interaction to see if we can’t cut through some of the rhetoric and get traction on fixing the fundamental issues that have plagued our healthcare market. I don’t know if we will make any difference whatsoever, or if we can even get enough people to read and comment to make a difference at all. I do know that we can try.
We have created a location called Health Reform 2.0 linked above to the graphic. If you want to tell someone about it and what we are trying to do, here is the URL spelled out: http://healthreform2dot0.org. (that’s “two” dot “zero”)
We have pushed all of the earlier material that appeared on this site to this new location and we encourage you not just to visit the site but to also read the materials, and most importantly, lend your voice to the solutions by posting comments. We will continue to cross post the articles on this site as they get published.
Thank you for your support on Healthcare: Crisis in America and I hope you will subscribe to this new site as well.
Sincerely; Tom Loker