Monday, March 8, 2010
Now a freelance blogger, after10+ years at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and 10 years (1989-1999) as Massachusetts Medicaid Director, I have one goal here, which is to continue a discussion on national health care reform that began in the pages of Let's Talk Health Care, the Harvard Pilgrim corporate blog. I hope my perspectives range a bit farther afield and that I can draw liberally on both a public-private health insurance background and twenty-year involvement in health reform efforts in Massachusetts. I have seen this movie from both sides of the aisle and am consistently amazed at how loudly the sectors talk past one another at the national level and how thoroughly the debate ignores the need to strike the appropriate balance between the sectors. Striking this balance is a complicated, time-consuming task filled with a lot of troublesome detail and trade-offs. It is helped by patience and good will, not the scoring of short-term political points or ideological arrogance. I would like to see us move forward, but do not think this will happen until a measured conversation takes place. I hope to contribute.