I am passionate about better healthcare in this country as well as educating folks everywhere about being their own advocate. Now is a great time for consumers to demand what they want. In fact, there has never been a better time for people to make change. I think we know our government is not able to change. We however, are capable of moving mountains.
As years pass we all have certain experiences with our health as well as the systems that manage our care.
We learn quickly there are many gaps in our current system. One problem with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) is that while it is the law, some states are in and some opted out. There really can be no opting out if we want to curtail the spiraling costs associated with making healthcare too expensive for families. Those states that are in have accepted the funding from the Obama Administration to grow and improve healthcare. Technology has a huge role in moving from paper to digital, and the technology must be precise in compliance rules and privacy as stated in HIPAA.
Now, I want you to know a bit more about me. I finished college on my schedule, not the schedule of traditional peers. I was a bit older. I was older still when I did my master’s. However, let me be clear about this: I am not old, and I am definitely not a dinosaur.
Beginning my master’s degree brought me to a point of decision. I had to think deep about who I am. Would I be cautious or would I embrace new rules?
I decided to embrace a new normal. I have studied, adopted and adapted to our social society. Like many who grew up before all of this fabulous technology became the norm, I was cautious. I know some did not adopt or adapt. Some left jobs to avoid learning the new rules, as comedian Bill Maher likes to say. My long view was that I have 25+ working years ahead of me. I’m here to play and I’m here to stay. I would like to relax in my later years and write novels.
Since then, I have pursued my passion for writing and health communication. I have bigger dreams and I want to meet them. I hope Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton see this. I continue to believe that I have time and a purpose.
Here’s a chart you ought to see. It’s a great depiction of the value healthcare holds in each state. After seeing the chart, are you satisfied or not?