How Obama Should Implement Health Care Change, Apple Style

Thursday, September 10, 2009
By OP Editor

The U.S. Health Care system has been broken for a long time. President Barack Obama is trying to fix it but surprisingly some people do not want to change. Perhaps Obama Can Win Over Health Care Skeptics, Apple Style?

Obama health care change can use some Apple style? Barack Obama vs Steve Jobs

U.S. Health Care Background

Ever seen the documentary Sicko, the movie that received a 15-minute standing ovation at its debut at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival?

Sicko Movie Poster

Michael Moore’s movie Sicko documents events in which people with job and good financial standing can’t afford pay health care treatment in the U.S. Why? Because their private, for profit insurance company puts profit first and refuse to pay for necessary medical treatments.

Going bankrupt due to a medical problem only happens in third world countries or the U.S.

The United States is the only country among all advanced nations to fail to provide health care for its citizens.

After tackling many issues in his presidency, President Barack Obama is now trying to change the failed U.S. health care. However, bringing U.S. health care to the twenty-first century appeared to be a major challenge.

Recent discussion that results from President Obama’s initiative for health care change has shown how embarrassingly backward some inhabitant of U.S. has become.

Embracing Ignorance and Fear of Change

When it comes to the U.S. health care system, many doubters of Obama’s plan show that they rely on rumors and baseless speculations rather than facts and rational thought. It’s not a surprise, as the U.S. education quality has fallen through the years, with education ranking now down to 18th of developed countries.

Some compared Obama’s proposal as worst than the Iraq war. Not knowing that Iraq War, once billed by George W Bush as virtually paying for itself through increased Iraqi oil exports, has a cost that is hard to match.

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calculated impact of the 5 year (as of early 2008) Iraq War created by George W. Bush on the U.S. economy. The ultraconservative estimate of Iraq War is $3 trillion U.S. Dollars as of early 2008 (Yes it’s in the trillions, that is thousands of BILLIONS of dollars), but a more realistic estimate puts the cost of the Iraq War higher than the total cost of World War II.

Time for Change in U.S. Health Care

With health care quality higher and health care cost lower in all other developed nations, it’s time for change.

White House has a case on the economic effects of Health Care Reform on small businesses and their employees.

Estimated Family Income with and without Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform, Apple Style?

Roughly Drafted Magazine, which usually provide detail analysis on Apple related technology, news, and myths, tackles issues brought up by President Obama’s plan for health care change. Suggests how Obama Can Win Over Health Care Skeptics, Apple Style.

Roughly Drafted Magazine draws parallel Obama’s challenge to fix the U.S. failed health care system with Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 90s and his challenge to get Apple from its death bed.

Considering Apple is now the third largest personal computer company in the United States, with market capitalization value with Apple exceeding the combined value of HP (Hewlett-Packard Company) and Dell, some of Apple’s methods might be useful.

Roughly Drafted Magazine discusses the challenges and how Apple’s way might help, while calling out the irrational FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) used by health industry’s lobbyist.

It’s an excellent article, quite a good read for supporters or skeptics of Obama’s plan for health care change. Continue reading at:
What Obama could learn from Apple… on Health Care [Roughly Drafted Magazine]

sources:
Cost of Iraq war on U.S Economy is in the trillions: Nobel Winner [Reuters]
Sicko [Michael Moore]
The Economic Effects of Health Care Reform on Small Businesses and Their Employees [WhiteHouse]

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