After years of campaigning and months of transition, we have a new administration. We proudly celebrate this moment in our nation’s history and the ideals upon which our democracy was founded.
At the moment the oath of office was completed, President Barack Obama became responsible for leading our country through two wars and unprecedented economic turmoil. Much patience will be required as we eagerly anticipate the first signs of change.
When it comes to health care reform, this change must begin with the people. Now as never before, we must make it clear that the health care system as we know it is failing on multiple fronts, and we must be specific about:
* the rising cost of health care
* group coverage tied to employment
* COBRA affordability
* “Right of Conscience” Rule
* tier 4 prescription medications
* escalating co-pays and deductibles
* pre-existing condition coverage
* access to health care
* high-risk pools
* treatment of chronic conditions
* digital medical records and privacy
* stem-cell research
* care for low income children
… and a multitude of other items. Our new president has expressed a desire to hear our individual stories regarding health care and how it affects our lives. We owe it to ourselves to participate in the process and to voice our concerns for ourselves and our children.
Visit Change.gov — “Tell Your Story,” where you are invited to write on any topic, and Change.gov — “Citizen’s Briefing Book,” where you can “share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will be gathered into a Citizen’s Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.”
For millions of Americans, time is of the essence. Let’s not sit quietly by and wait for health care reform to come to us. Let’s become part of the solution.