In last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article titled “Daschle to Reaffirm Health-Care Overhaul Is a Top Priority”. In it, the apparent health care czar for the Obama administration, former Democratic Senator from South Dakota Tom Daschle, re-affirmed the president-elect’s commmitment to health care reform. The WSJ blog “forshadowed” his speech.
According to the article, Mr. Daschle will continue to move forward on the issue, in spite of the additional challenges due to the current economic situation. He noted that our ever-rising health costs put a considerable burden on businesses. I’ll note that with an increasing number of Americans responsible for their own health care, these costs put a considerable burden on families too.
Of particular interest to me was Daschle’s suggestion that “Americans hold holiday-season house parties to brainstorm over how best to overhaul the U. S. health-care system”. He was quoted as saying, “We are hoping Americans will give us all the gift of their best ideas”. Another WSJ blog post detailed this idea.
I really liked the idea of asking stakeholders, or customers, for input on overhauling the system. Soliciting comments and ideas from people up front, before the government’s staff begins their planning, would seem to me to generate valuable information for the elected and appointed officials in shaping the guiding policy.
Perhaps I’ll host a Holiday Capital Investment Party at Tiny’s. It’ll be BYOP…that’s Priorities.