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Health Care By The People

Health Care By The People

I’m excited. President-elect Barack Obama and Tom Daschle (selected to be his administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services) want my feedback on major health reform.

OK, not just mine. They want yours too–as well as input from your best friend, your Uncle Bob and that red-headed woman you see walking around the neighborhood every morning with her golden retrievers. In short, they want to hear from everyone.

As Obama and Daschle get ready for next year’s push for major health reform legislation, they are actively encouraging ordinary Americans to share their ideas to improve the U.S. health care system.

Want universal health care? Better preventative care? Health insurance that stays with you no matter what happens to your job? Well, now’s your chance to let the next administration know exactly what you want and share the bright ideas you came up with to improve our health care system while waiting on the phone for that last explanation of benefits.

Government of the people, by the people. What a concept. It’s the best way to gather the brightest ideas available. Americans are nothing if not creative.

By soliciting input, the Obama administration is opening itself up to a lot of ideas as well as criticism. But you can start by submitting your thoughts at, or join the Care2 community by signing a petition calling for health care reform to be a priority in 2009–and add your own story about how you’ve been impacted and how you think our system can be fixed.

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7:11AM PST on Dec 12, 2008

What heartens me most is that with the Daschle selection, President-elect Obama has made it clear that he intends to move quickly on health care reform. The importance of this has been starkly highlighted this week with the auto bailout and Republicans insisting that the union agree to cut costs to Toyota and Honda levels. Guess what? Their health care costs are paid by the government. Bring it on in 2009!

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