The subject of health care reform in the United States has become a disturbingly chronic debate for decades. Who can remember when we were satisfied with the costs or functionality of our system? What action-oriented person can bear to read another article providing a restatement of excessive costs and the uninsured? For a problem of this importance to persist for so long with no credible or sustainable strategy must signal important subtleties at work, beyond the deductive reasoning required to construct a new future.
Proposed here is a voluntary health care reform proposal that has the potential to change significantly the way health care and health insurance are provided in America. Oregon should be an early adopter of this proposal; and when proven beneficial here, it then can be implemented elsewhere.
Before considering the substance of the proposal, it is useful to reflect on the universal constraints influencing this debate.
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