ES­SAYS ON RE­FORM

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“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.

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