Check out this Baltimore Sun interview with Greg Scandlen, whom I’ve met personally and is doing great work to reform healthcare. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: In general, can the system best be reformed by changes at the federal level or the state level?
A: We are working on reforming the system independent of any state or federal action. There is already plenty of money in the system; it just isn’t allocated properly because the wrong people control the money.
Every penny spent on health care comes from us as citizens. It is simply passed through to insurance companies in the form of premiums, employers in the form of lost wages and government in the form of taxes.
We were willing to let them control our money because we thought they would do a good job of managing it. But they haven’t. They have all created a system that is bureaucratic, inefficient, inconvenient, of questionable quality and way too expensive. It is time to take our money back and control it directly. When that happens, health care will become as responsive, efficient, convenient and affordable as the rest of the economy.
This is the conversation we need to be having right now. And yet the public is largely ignorant on this issue. (Read the whole interview.)