Thursday, April 9, 2009

Health Care Reform

We owe it to ourselves to keep abreast of what is going on in health care. Yeah for some of you, you think it is boring, but you should know what is truly being done and said by the folks who run our hospitals, health care plans, charities and home health care.
Yesterday, people from small businesses, Merck & Co, Medco Health Solutions, Easter Seals, Tenet Health Care, Family Voices and many more sat around for 2 hours discussing with the Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, what they would like to see happen in health care reform. It was incredibly fascinating, enlightening and informative. There was a voice present for every single person and every issue. Discussions moved from special needs, end of life/hospice, incentive plans for employees and doctors, controlling costs, generic drugs, lack of hospitals, electronic medical records, etc.
I have attached the White House briefing AND the 2 hour video. I urge you to read the brief and if you can, watch a little of the video to see what is really being done and said since our local news outlets report so half-assed on this issue. I am ashamed that this was not a lead story yesterday because it is important that we as American understand what is broken in the system and what is being suggested to try and fix it.

CSPAN - Health Policy

White House brief on Health Care Reform

Healthreform.gov - forum discussions where your voice can be heard. They actually mentioned this during the meeting yesterday

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