+John Ahlgren http://www.nurturingenvironments.org/2011/02/27/a-universal-health-care-option-is-good-for-small-business-and-us-global-competition/
With the internet, the world is transitioning to agile, distributed manufacturing. The world is moving from large centralized controlled systems, to distributed systems.
Crowd-funding is a tool to get capital to main-street. Healthcare need not be a bad thing, and it can help more than it hurts but its in the implementation details. I am not entirely pleased with Obama's plan because its too much like a bureaucratic compromise, which provides the worst of both systems, but seldom the best of both.
All is not lost, if he can get tort reform added to the bill, something many democrats will be opposed to, it will lower the costs of providing medical services. This needs to go hand in hand with better oversight of medical doctors, practices, and licencing. The regulatory oversight needs to be common across all 50 states so the regulatory burden is minimized.
In addition we need to produce more healthcare professional, and at the same time, extend local non profit clinics, and maybe create a public service branch just like the military.
Whereby young people looking to practice medical arts and science can sign up for service, receive public education for their service time. This will put a downward pressure on prices.
Finally we have very favorable finance policy for medical research and as a condition of this financing and grants we should demand that for a certain segment of the population that we are able to sell these drugs at cost + 5%.
Yes that amounts to tax on the wealthier populations, but it is not one administered by government directly, and still provides an incentive for improving, while still enabling the core seed funding for these endeavors.
People who have spoken with Obama realizes these things, and wants them, but for whatever reason, he is not selling the policy.
I guess because its not easy to fit into a sound bite. I think the vast % of Americans are capable of understanding, and if you provide real meat intellectually, will respond in kind. However, there are many big interests who like the way things are now, and they would lose if things change.
The cynical will say he is just paying lip service, and he has sold out to big business, just like many republicans.
I can't read minds. However, the policy is not nearly as bad as some wish to make it for political reasons.