Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We can’t let them pull the rug out from under the very foundation of our efforts to make America’s health care system work

copied this from: CampaignforBetterCare.org   I hope they don't mind.
My upcoming rants will be a little more "nagative" [sic}  on the subject. I just called my congressman and explained my plan to him. I told him that I think the liars have blood on their hands because blocking health care reform KILLS REAL PEOPLE. More about that later: here is a tamer appeal to the same end/goal:

This week, the new majority in the House of Representatives is focused on trying to unravel health reform.

We can’t let them pull the rug out from under the very foundation of our efforts to make America’s health care system work better for all of us and especially for older adults, patients with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

Our work to build better care — care that is better coordinated, more centered on meeting the needs of patients, and more affordable — is based on giving reform time to work and implementing it effectively.

It is truly disappointing that the new Congress is spending its time debating repeal of health reform, when there's so much unfinished work to improve our health care system. We should be working to ensure that reform fixes the problems plaguing our health care system: care that is uncoordinated; doctors who don’t talk to one another; and as a result, patients who suffer from harmful drug interactions, duplicate tests, conflicting diagnoses, preventable hospitalizations, and medical errors that make them sicker.

Millions of Americans are already benefiting from reform.

Just this month, critical new provisions took effect, including a new annual wellness visit under Medicare (that includes the creation of a personalized prevention plan), as well as a requirement that both private plans and Medicare cover the full cost of a range of preventive care services, such as mammograms and screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. This builds on advances including patient protections that prohibit insurance companies from rescinding coverage when patients get sick or imposing lifetime caps on benefits — so that when patients suffer from chronic illnesses, like diabetes, their plans can’t cut them off — and the launch of the federal Innovation Center, which will test new models of care that improve quality and care coordination, and lower costs.

We need better care coordination, improved communication among providers, medical records at our fingertips, and a system that doesn’t leave patients and their family caregivers to fend for themselves.

I hope you’ll join me in asking Congress to focus on fixing these problems, and building better care, instead of squandering precious time on partisan, politically motivated debates.

Let’s ask our lawmakers to prioritize better care this year, so we can finally ensure that all Americans get the high-quality, well-coordinated health care they need and deserve.

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