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Gail S. Williams directs the Leadership Alchemy Program at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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It is imperative for the health of the country and its citizenry to implement a major overall of the health care system. We can afford nothing less, without risking the health and welfare of future generations.

In an effort to both pass hallmark legislation, and educate our citizenry, I recommend a full-blown national campaign: one that focuses on the mandate and the benefits and downplays attacks on the opposition. Although I understand using an approach different from that of the Clinton Administration, I also believe that more parameters should be proposed by the White House. I would recommend that the president implement a bold and multi-faceted approach.

President Obama managed to stay above the fray during his election bid, earning him my and many other people's admiration and respect. I subscribe to the belief that whatever one focuses on expands. Let's start by focusing on what the many players agree on and build on that agreement. If we continue to focus on our disagreements and look for the negative, all we will get is more disagreements and more negativity. More frustration and less constructive discussion and effective action.

What about providing materials to doctors for distribution to their patients? How about public service announcements that point citizens to a dynamic web page with information that is understandable and of great impact? If agreement is not reached in the near term, what about appending a short and focused position paper to the Federal Tax Return forms mailed just in time for the Christmas holidays?

The time is now for creative and focused efforts. Anything less would not serve U.S. citizen well.

By Gail S. Williams

 |  July 30, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
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This article hits the bull's eye squarely.

This approach is certainly no secret; it Business 101: the concerned parties try to settle on areas of agreement so they can build from there. Ideally, one side's unimportant stuff is vital to the other, and the reverse for the other side. That way, each can give up something of little value while gaining something of far greater value.

Of course, in this particular dog fight there are way more than just two sides, complicating the issue. But people of goodwill can find common ground, even for something as controversial and complex as health care reform. For starters, no one is happy at the thought of tens of millions of Americans not having any insurance at all. That's one point of agreement. And everyone acknowledges that health care costs are spiraling out of control, certainly far more quickly than the overall rate of inflation. So that's a second point of agreement. And there are others.

As for cries of "socialized medicine," folks who buy that argument can benefit from looking up the word "socialism." That not what the President has suggested. Nor has he suggested eliminating private health care, dictating to you who your doctor will be, etc. As for "government bureaucrats," well, the "private bureaucrats" aren't any better.

I just hope something meaningful comes out of all the smoke and hot air.

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | August 1, 2009 2:36 AM
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Thank you, Ms. Williams. I agree that we need reform. I would like a radical reform, but I realize that that is not (and probably should not) happen. So let's start with what we agree on and begin the reform. I think we need more women in decision making positions for this reform. Women are usually the care givers so this issue is closer to them. They will compromise in order to get something done.

Posted by: anne41 | July 31, 2009 4:13 PM
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I'm at Camp Pain, so I don't care. AIG is serving the citizen so well. Bunch of corrupt rotten frauds. The neighbors just got a Toyota with a Obama master bate. Rewarding.

Posted by: Dermitt | July 31, 2009 10:01 AM
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