Health care and the Affordable Care Act are very complicated subjects with many moving parts. My goal is to bring simplicity and understanding of the health care system and the law to everyday people. With understanding the system and the problems, we can work together toward solutions.
Blogs make this challenging, as short posts are required that people digest very quickly. In breaking down the law, the overall picture can be lost in the weeds of each blog post. In addition, we have more people joining the conversation in bits and pieces.
To help the situation, I’ve created this post as a reference page for all my other posts. As I discuss topics, I will update and provide links in this article under the appropriate headings as listed below.
Clarity in our desired outcome is important to come up with workable solutions. As a country, we have not answered some very important questions. This set of articles deals with the big picture questions we need to answer to improve our health care system. Here are the questions, along with the links:
Should everyone have access to BASIC health care?
How much should taxpayers pay for health care?
What health care should we provide with taxpayers’ money?
Over time, I will discuss each part of our health care system, and how the components are handled in the Affordable Care Act. There is no particular order for these topics, other than first covering topics of high importance and areas that have not received a lot of attention in the press. I will also take requests from readers as to what they want to read next. Remember, if it isn’t linked, I haven’t written about it yet, and I’ll get to it. Here are the topics:
Obamacare in General
Medical care homes
Electronic health records
Health care spending
Taxes and the ACA
Finally, I will occasionally deviate to other issues, still related to money and medicine, and in the overall scheme of things, also related to health care reform. And a list of those…
End of life issues
Chronic illness issues
Please feel free to suggest topics, as I most certainly left many out. This is a work in progress.
People want to fix the system, and we have a problem with “learned helplessness” – when we feel we have no control, we basically give up. I am concerned this is happening both in health care and politics in our country. Fortunately, there is a way out of learned helplessness. Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage,” calls it “finding the third way.”
My big audacious goal is for us to find the third way in repairing our health care system. It will take education, good communication, and all of us working from a place of respect and desire to solve these problems. Please share this post with others and continue to share your ideas and feedback. If enough people come together, elected officials will be compelled to implement effective solutions. It can be done.
Stay tuned, and I look forward to comments on this blog so the conversation is shared with others. You can also reach me on Twitter @CarolynMcC or at firstname.lastname@example.org.