Get set, Governor Sebelius. From what we hear, you're about to be confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary next Friday. Are you ready? Is the nation ready? Senator Charles Grassley of our neighboring state of Iowa says the hearings are set for April 3rd. Other sources from Washington in the know say any Cabinet candidates now are getting a "vetting from hell." It still looks like you're in.
You're about to become a critical cog in the wheel of re-inventing American health care. Maybe you've heard suggestions from consumer protection radio show host Clark Howard that America needs to treat itself in three major problem spots:
The hospitals and doctors geared to diagnosing, treating and performing procedures for SOMETHING on our nation's patients.
The insurers who make their money by redlining (cutting out) people with serious illnesses and driving their profits with premiums paid by people who never get sick.
Lifting the burden off cash-strapped employers who have to lay off their workers in this recession, and dump their benefits packages.
You've got to agree with me.. the way we're doing this all wrong.
Americans who can afford it should have their own HSA's (Health Savings Accounts) to take care of their own business. We need to watch our blood pressure and cholesterol, have our cancer screenings, watch what we eat and for gosh sakes, go out there and get some exercise! Healthy bodies mean healthy savings.
Other than dropping to the level of socialized medicine, America needs some balance in the middle to take in.. and take care of everybody and get away from the mentality that only the rich can afford good health care. We've got to have portability.. health care packages that don't depend on the city or state, or state of the economy we live in.
Governor Sebelius, can you help us with this after you leave? And please read these suggestions from my blogger friends. Ralph