The Curtis Plan:
- We must confirm our commitment to providing health care as a right to all Americans.
- We must commit to a fiscally-sound health care system. Today’s system is pieced together from decades of changes, and is highly-inefficient. We must work to create a system that is patient-oriented and reduces the number of for-profit hands in the profit jar.
- We must commit to investing in research to cure diseases rather than treat them. We must make curing diabetes a national priority.
- We must commit to encouraging and rewarding healthy lifestyles, which benefits our society in a number of ways.
It’s clear that health care is not a simple problem and there is no simple solution. Health care costs money: money for doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and so on. None of those groups are going to volunteer to give up their piece of the pie. Having been a healthcare provider for nearly two decades, I can tell you that all of us want to be able to provide the best care we can for everyone.
In the end, we either have to commit, as a country, to healthcare as a fundamental right, and do what it takes to make that happen, or continue on the same path and try to patch what can be patched. Keeping costs down and promoting preventive care is crucial. Funding research to cure diseases rather than contain them for years on end. One thing is for certain: a long-term solution will take an enormous amount of effort from all sides, and political games are not getting us anywhere.
We must analyze a number of models from both ends of the spectrum to the middle. We have to be able to objectively find something that works for as many as people as possible but keeps us fiscally moving the right direction, as it is a very large portion of the budget. This should include things like understanding why health care is expensive in the first place and how to keep those costs down. Preventive care, research into cures for long-term diseases and cancers, promoting healthy lifestyles–all of that can be looked at as an investment against future cost increases and help society overall.
Fundamentally, we must continue to cover pre-existing conditions. We must provide coverage to as many people as possible, if not everyone. And we must keep costs down.