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This blog is intended as a forum to present creative thought on universal health care reform; and, to provide people with a place to share their experiences as patients or practitioners in the system we have today.  Like the issue itself, it is non-partisan because it will benefit all hard-working Americans.  The ultimate goal is to create a budget-neutral system that keeps our best and brightest citizens healthy and productive.  Ultimately, this effort will require cooperation between government, health care providers, drug producers, and the insurance industry.

Guest posts are encouraged, and all voices on this topic are welcome!  Please submit your blog narrative (with photo and web link, if you wish) to [email protected]

Forum for Discussions on Universal Health Care Reform

by Julie Klein

January 2, 2017

This blog was initiated as an open forum for discussion on health care reform.  I invite opinions and proposals for solutions to this vast, complex, yet urgent problem in our country.

The issue of healthcare has become so politicized and polarizing in this country. The voices from those of us who have experienced the devastating problems in the system tend to get muffled and lost in ivory tower debates.  My intention is to start a real conversation with real solutions that can lead to a true awareness of the pitfalls that are causing millions of people to die or go bankrupt when they get seriously sick.

Keeping Our Talent in the Game

by Gary Coffman

January 2, 2017

The United States of America has always been recognized as the land of opportunity. It is the only nation in the world where a family can literally go from rags to riches in a single generation. How is that possible?

It doesn’t happen by accident. We value hard work. We value personal initiative. We value commitment. When we see other people who demonstrate those values, we encourage them. We support them by giving them our business; and we support them by giving them our help. In my career I have been the ... (continue reading)

Dear every cancer patient I ever took care of, I’m sorry. I didn’t get it.

Lindsey, Oncology RN at Here Comes the Sun

Posted on November 14, 2016

Please note: We have requested permission to reprint, but haven't heard back.  Her story is so powerful and compelling we had to share it.  Please visit her blog site to see the whole story:

Dear every cancer patient I ever took care of, I’m sorry. I didn’t get it.

This thought has been weighing heavy on my heart since my diagnosis. I’ve worked in oncology nearly my entire adult life. I started rooming and scheduling patients, then worked as a nursing assistant through school, and finally as a nurse in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. I prided myself in connecting with my patients and helping them manage their cancer and everything that comes with it. I really thought I got it- I really thought I knew what it felt like to go through this journey. I didn’t.

I didn’t get what it felt like to actually hear the words. I’ve been in ... (continue reading)

Not Just Nausea And Vomiting: Cancer Docs Now Worry About 'Financial Toxicity'

Posted on February 25, 2017

Just imagine how it would feel:

Your doctor diagnoses cancer. She says there’s a good chance you can beat it, or keep it under control for a long time. But you can’t afford the thousands of dollars you’d have to pay for treatment that your health insurer won't cover.

That cruel dilemma is cropping up every day among the 1.5 million Americans ​(continue reading)

Dr. Adrienne Boissy on Showing Empathy

Posted on April 22, 2017

Dr. Adrienne Boissy is the chief experience officer of Cleveland Clinic, one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. She is tasked not only with tending to the physical and cognitive effects of multiple sclerosis on her patients but also with helping all patients navigate the emotional ravages of their illnesses.  Read her Q&A on  empathy and compassion at OptionB.org

Why and How to Avoid High-Risk Pools for Americans with Preexisting Conditions

Posted on June 5, 2017

Professor Jean P. Hall, of the University of Kansas Medical Center, published an outstanding article outlining the cost and consequences of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  Professor Hall points out that the AHCA will result in "high costs and meager coverage" for American health care consumers forced into high risk pools because of pre-existing conditions.  For advice on why and how to avoid these high-risk pools, read Professor Hall's article, published by the website commonwealthfund.org for more information.