ESSAYS ON REFORM
“Accomplishing truly meaningful healthcare reform will require nothing short of a ‘National Call to Wellness,’ spearheaded by Obama himself. ... As an underlying precondition for healthcare reform, he must unequivocally call for a national commitment to wean ourselves from our addiction to excessive and highly costly medical treatment by taking charge of our health. ... If we succeed in motivating our citizens to take full ownership of both their health and their excessive use of health services, we should be able to realize a savings in inflation-adjusted healthcare costs of 20% or more. ... This, in turn, will secure the necessary funding to guarantee universal access to quality healthcare for all Americans, including the 50 million uninsured.”
John Newport Freelance writer, speaker and wellness advocate
Port Townsend, Wash.