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Politics & Power

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Historic Reforms Become Law But There Is More Work To Do To Fix Healthcare In America

Tuesday March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the historic healthcare reform bill passed by the House of Representatives during a rare Sunday session on March 21st. With his signature change on a level never seen before has come to the healthcare industry. People with pre-existing conditions will not be denied healthcare and people who are sick will not lose their coverage due to lifetime limits. These and other changes will do great good for the American people but there are many things still left unaddressed by this legislation.

While the current legislation does improve access to healthcare for tens of millions of Americans it does not address costs in a substantive way. There are sustainability issues with the current plan that need to be addressed in the weeks, months and years ahead. The cost of healthcare is still going to be too high unless further steps are taken by Congress and the White House.

To address cost issues Washington needs to look at the core problems with the current system that drive costs. They are numerous and none of them are simple. The cost of prescription drugs is too high. Most experts agree on that. How to address those cost concerns is an area of dispute. Some see the free market as the solution while others see government involvement as the only solution. One area in which both sides may be able to come to some agreement is that lack of competition between manufacturers usually leads to higher costs. To address that issue laws to increase competition should be considered. Exclusivity in providing medical supplies and medicines needs to be curtailed if not eliminated if we want to reduce costs in any substantive way.

In addition to the cost of medical supplies there are other costs that drive up the cost of healthcare overall. Both sides of the political aisle have legitimate concerns and ideas and all of them need to be considered and debated before the final decisions are made. Tort reform is certainly something that deserves consideration. When doctors and hospitals have to pay millions of dollars in legal and insurance fees to fend off lawsuits those costs are passed on to consumers. Limits on lawsuit awards and steep fines for bringing frivolous lawsuits to court need to be considered.

The issues still needing to be addressed with our healthcare system are far too numerous to be corrected by one person or political party. They require a lot of out of the box thinking and utter rejection of business as usual. Politicians who have become complacent and comfortable with the way things work in Washington will not be part of the solution. Independent minds without strong ties to the people who currently benefit from the inequities in our system are needed to fix the problems remaining after the passage of healthcare reform. Itís up to the voters to put them in a position to make the changes we need made. The question is whether or not we will step up and have the courage to vote for real change in Washington come November.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article

We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

Itís also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesnít care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joeís needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If youíre like a lot of us, youíve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and itís a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just donít care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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