Thank You and Happy New Year

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Health care reform is an issue that generates tremendous passion — and it should. We’re not talking about what the next flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream should be. This debate is about something that impacts everyone’s lives, health and financial well being. 

There’s a natural tension in debates over issues like health care reform. Reasonable people can agree to disagree on how to fix what’s wrong and how to preserve what’s working in the current system. Passionate people can lose patience with the discussion, the seemingly endless negotiations and disagreement. What’s impressed me most about the feedback I’ve received on and about this blog is how readers have engaged in civil discourse without diminishing their passion. Yes, there’s been a few comments that descended to name calling and self-righteousness, but the overwhelming majority have been as thoughtful as they were fervent.

I hope all of you keep your passion and commitment alive in the year ahead. And that you all have a healthy and happy new year.
Alan

5 thoughts on “Thank You and Happy New Year

  1. Alan,

    Thank you for your”energizer” dedication to this topic. I deeply appreciate your time and insight of these issues that can easily overwhelm
    most people.

    The information in your blog has helped me stay in touch and up to date on these crucial legislative activities.
    It’s also helped me provide a more abridged info page to our SVAHU members.

    May you have health and success in 2008.

    Dave Bauer, LUTCF
    Leg. Chair, SVAHU

  2. Matt: The state of the economy has a substantial impact on health care reform, but it’s not easy to tease out. On one hand, the tough economy makes it more difficult to raise the revenue needed to support comprehensive reform. On the other hand, a tough economy makes it even more important that we find ways to make coverage more affordable and accessable, especially to folks without jobs.

    So the economy makes finding a solution more difficult, but the need to do so more pressing.
    Hope you have a great 2008, too.

  3. Alan,

    Happy New Year!
    I just had a quick question. The economy has been hurting in the US that past 6 months or so. Did that have any effect on California’s chances at Health Care reform, or are they unrelated? Thanks.

    I look forward to reading your blog in 2008 and beyond.

  4. As we look forward I would suggest we start thinking in terms of fairness and sustainability. Having worked in the profession for 30 years I am convinced that those two criteria are absolute for any healthcare reform to really work. If we are not all equal in any new system and if that system cannot contain costs, it will fail. These words may, at first glance, seem simplistic, but I suggest the more one thinks about reform, the more relevant and mandatory the two criteria become.

    Can the proposed reforms in California meet either criteria? I suggest not.

  5. Thanks Alan for all of the updates, feeback, and discussion your promote through your blog. Your blog has been a continuous source of information for myself and the many agents I work with. I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year. Look forward to your ongoing commentary in 2008.

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