Obama Asks Nation for Health-Care Reform Input
I’ve got 2 suggestions:
KEEP GOVERNMENT OUT OF IT!!!
STOP FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS THAT DRIVE THE COSTS UP!!!
The last thing we need is socialized medicine!! Competition is good. Let the doctors do their jobs and not have to keep worrying over some big-wig in a suit telling them how to do it! But from what Obama has said before, he is going to put gov’t in charge of healthcare. Lord, help us!!!!
Obama Asks Nation For Health-Care Reform Input
Tactic aims to circumvent special interests that quashed previous efforts
By Ceci Connolly
The Washington Post
updated 6:10 a.m. ET, Sat., Dec. 6, 2008
In between the tree trimming and gift-giving, President-elect Barack Obama is inviting Americans to spend part of the holiday season talking about health care – and report back to him.
As he gears up for major health reform legislation next year, Obama is encouraging average Americans to host informal gatherings to brainstorm about how to improve the U.S. system.
The sessions, which could take place at a party, over a Menorah-lighting or at the annual Christmas cookie bake-off, are to be held Dec. 15 to Dec. 31. Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, Obama’s point person on health, will attend at least one and prepare a detailed report, complete with video, to present to the next president.
“In order for us to reform our health care system, we must first begin reforming how government communicates with the American people,” Obama said in a statement yesterday. “These Health Care Community Discussions are a great way for the American people to have a direct say in our health reform efforts.”
‘We want your exact ideas’
With the transition team contemplating how to deliver on his campaign promise to expand health coverage and lower costs, “what we want to do now is to move to a discussion across the country,” Daschle said in a speech yesterday in Denver. “We want your exact ideas.”
In addition to the house parties, Obama’s transition Web site, Change.gov, is collecting thousands of comments on health-care reform.
By seeking broad public input early in the process, the incoming administration hopes to avoid some of the mistakes of President Clinton’s failed initiative 15 years ago, said Daschle, who is also Obama’s choice for secretary of health and human services.
“Details kill,” he said, recounting that opponents picked apart Clinton’s thousand-page bill. “Once we get started, we have to stay focused. Let’s finish it, let’s not put it down.”