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We Need a Plan that the Public Can Understand.

Former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm of Texas offered his thoughts in today’s Wall Street Journal. on what the Congress and President Trump ought to do with the Affordable Care Act

It seems like everyone has an opinion on what is best for the ACA going forward – which is a good thing!

Health care touches every one in America. It matters not just on a personal level but also on macroeconomic levels and regional competitiveness.

Just yesterday, a friend of mine who happens to be a primary care physician – and was mine at one point – contacted me through Facebook and offered his thoughts on responsible reform of the system.

The plan was very lengthy as he tried to explain it with the usually editorializing about his personal feeling about various sectors of the health care market – insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, and of course government were all mentioned.

My reply to him was that he needed to take his two page plan down to two sentences.

He seemed perplexed because after all health care is very complex, but he tried.

It’s now down to three paragraphs, and I will try to whittle it down to two sentences, which can make its way to five or six words.

The reality is that any plan offered has to be easily understood by a very distrusting public and taken incrementally over time in order for the market to adequately adjust to the changes being sought.