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July 7, 2016

Healthcare: Time for Independence

Summary:

“Employer frustration over the devastating collateral damage from a severely under-performing healthcare system is boiling over.”

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Forbes carried a good article by Dave Chase, a leader in trying to reform healthcare in the right way. Chase writes, “Employer frustration over the devastating collateral damage from a severely under-performing healthcare system is boiling over.”

Click here to read the full article.

High health costs are driving U.S. jobs to Mexico and other countries. GE and scores of other companies are exporting high-value jobs. Some are even moving jobs to areas in the U.S. where healthcare costs are less exorbitant. IBM is a good example of the latter. Yet Chase and others have demonstrated that rising healthcare costs can be controlled, and controlled in an employee-friendly way. What an irony.

He has created a Declaration of Independence From Traditional Health Insurance. The article lists a number of thought leaders, consultants and employer leaders who have signed that declaration, the goal of which is to create a sustainable healthcare equation in America. Signers include Al Lewis, Jim Millaway, Rajaie Batniji, Brian Klepper, Stan Schwartz, your humble author and others who have implemented effective health programs.

This is a revolution worth fighting for.

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About the Author

Tom Emerick is president of Emerick Consulting and cofounder of EdisonHealth and Thera Advisors.  Emerick’s years with Wal-Mart Stores, Burger King, British Petroleum and American Fidelity Assurance have provided him with an excellent blend of experience and contacts.

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