As many of you are now aware, there’s somewhat of a legislative consensus emerging that now includes the House Freedom Caucus on a draft amendment that would resurrect the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which you’ll recall was pulled from the House floor at the last minute just as leaders came to realize they didn’t have the votes in order to successfully repeal Obamacare.
There’s no question that the past few years have been tumultuous for the American healthcare system. Costs and deductibles are rising, coverage is uncertain for many, and most of us have come to the realization that the system as we know it, is simply unsustainable. Healthcare consumers have become increasingly challenged and frustrated by ever increasing costs, difficulty in navigating the system, inconsistent quality and little to no transparency. Whether you’re covered through an employer (170M belly buttons!), an exchange, or Medicare/Medicaid, the overall system is simply not built to support us as Americans. Most alarming, is that healthcare has become the biggest personal finance crisis across our country, including one of the leading causes for personal bankruptcies. Incredibly sad!
There’s no debate that additional “reform” legislation is on the way, whether this will be a full repeal of the 2010 Obamacare that many still view as overly complex, burdensome and confusing 3,000 page bill or some middle ground that “tweaks” certain components in an effort to eliminate multiple pain points and fundamental flaws. Sadly, six years later, as predicted by many health professionals, cost and quality for the most part have not improved for the vast majority of us, and the American public is bearing the consequences.
Americans deserve an accessible and affordable health care system that promotes high quality care, full transparency, offers consumer choice and most importantly – delivers peace of mind. It should be anchored around the physician/patient relationship and support continuous innovation. Sadly, that is not the system we have today. There’s no shortage of disruptive ideas from many stakeholders, including both Republicans and Democrats. What’s needed most is a thoughtful comprehensive (non-partisan) effort with strong national leadership, that unites all these ideas into a new vision and road map that successfully reforms America’s health care system once and for all.
Our nation is at a critical moment in time and history, to take what health care is today and make a gigantic leap forward to achieve a high quality value-based care system, completely integrated, comprised of providers, insurers, researchers, innovators and better informed consumers working together to deliver the best quality care at the lowest cost possible.