What if We Could Have Health Care for All?
In February of 2007 twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache. A routine $80 tooth extraction might have saved him. If his mother had been insured. If his family had not lost Medicaid. If Medicaid dentists weren't so hard to find. By the time Deamonte's tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors reported.
If America had health care for all, thousands like Deamonte would not only be alive, they would feel better, be better, be more productive, make our country stronger, and a better place to live.
The number of people denied adequate health care in America for one reason or another is approaching 100 million, almost one third of the country. Even the rest of us face a kind of horror show so complex and incomprehensible has the system become.
A better health care system that provides health care for all could be transformative. It would give new meaning to the United States, as the nation of hope.
It’s not coming from Washington
It should be clear by now that our government is not going to provide health care for all. Obamacare all but established health care as a basic right—no Republican seems able to say now that people should be excluded even as they work to exclude them—but Obamacare and all that has followed just cements in place the structure that denies health care to tens of millions and makes a mess of the system for the rest.
Health care in America must be overhauled, not adjusted. It needs a transformation, not a transfusion. Transforming American health care will take a force independent of government.
Healthcare 2.0 was formed to orchestrate that independent force.
We have a plan.
It is not a simple plan like “Medicare for All.” Instead we propose a two-part attack: (1) an inclusive process embracing all aspects of health care but working under a set of protocols borrowed from adjacent industries to craft a new system and plot migration from the present one; and (2) a strong candidate target plan to start the conversation.
The process is not something we made up. It follows models used around the world to create and manage systems just as complex as health care, namely, the global Internet and global mobile communications. These systems were neither created nor managed by governments. They were created and managed by volunteer cooperatives among competing companies who know that universal service at affordable rates can only be achieved by working together within a structured system of protocols and rules. It works so well that none of us realize how unbelievably complex the underlying systems really are.
Our target plan embodies things we already know about but fashioned together in new ways—health savings accounts, an integrated electronic health record system, subsidies that insure access regardless of income, certain mandates such as a Primary Care Physician for everyone, a single catastrophic risk pool, real cost controls but ones which still encourage private investment in new technologies, virtually free medical schools, quality controls which mirror the way American manufacturers make i Phones which never break.
Our goal is to make health care as accessible, as affordable, as high in quality, as productive of innovations as the world-wide networks for human communications.
We deserve no less. We should insist on nothing less. We have a way to get there.
Join the fight.
This will take all of us. We ask for nothing now but your support. Over time the people as a whole must be included in the conversation. You can join the effort now.