Our Mission is to find a fix for our national healthcare market. Not just a fix for Republicans, nor simply a fix for Democrats — we seek a solution for all Americans. We believe that buried in 200 years of changes and modifications to American healthcare and medicine, lie the fundamental problems that currently have plagued all attempts at repair. By identifying these problems, understanding how they came to be, what they were originally solving for and how they negatively impact all the other system components today, we believe there is a solution.
We have evolved a belief that we have a system for the delivery of healthcare but, it’s not a system at all. It is a collection of self-predatory practices and methods that promulgate massive increases in costs, erosion of effective checks and balances and exponential unintended consequences. Only by actually developing a system that addresses our mythical beliefs, puts reasonable systemic checks and balances on our wants and desires and reallocates the delivery and cost of care, can we hope to achieve what we seek. A system to make affordable, effective, and available care for all integrated with an efficient and cost effective safety net and offering significant reductions in the cost of care to individuals, and to America, can be created.
We believe that we have discovered the underlying causes of our inability to develop the healthcare system that we need and we are committed to utilizing our perspective and knowledge to helping solve for its delivery. We have outlined what we believe are the core principals, goals and objectives necessary to deliver an effective healthcare marketplace.
Finally, we believe it is also our mission to bring these ideas forward devoid of the partisanship and empty rhetoric that has become so prevalent in the recent health reform debate. As such, we are committed to your feedback and comments. Only through your questions, comments and concerns can we identify pragmatic solutions. We hope you will contribute.
About the Author
Thomas W. Loker is a businessman and author with almost 40 years of experience in a variety of industries ranging from science & healthcare, to computers, technology and devices. His latest book is The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America: The untold backstory of where we’ve been, where we are, and why healthcare needs more reform. Amazon says of Tom’s book:
“From the beginning of mankind, health and health issues have played a major role in life, but the issues and care have evolved enormously from the time when the first settlers set foot in America to the present. In The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America, author Thomas W. Loker provides a historical perspective on the state of healthcare and offers fresh views on changes to Obamacare.
Insightful and thorough, The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America offers a look at
- What healthcare was like at the birth of the nation
- How the practice of providing healthcare has changed for both caregivers and receivers
- Why the process has become so corrupt and expensive
- What needs to happen to provide both choice and effective & efficient care for everyone
- Where we need to most focus efforts to get the biggest change
- What is now needed to get control over this out-of-control situation
Loker narrates a journey through the history of American healthcare—where we’ve been, how we arrived where we are today, and determine where we might need to go tomorrow. The history illustrates how parts of the problem have been solved in the past and helps us understand what might be necessary to solve our remaining problems in the future.”
Tom is one of the few people who has not only read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety, he has read the companion legislation, and he has read almost all proposals and draft legislations from the myriad of committees that were combined into the final bill. Tom has extensive experience in healthcare benefits administration to underserved and difficult to manage populations has met with numerous members of congress on healthcare reform related issues and provided congressional briefings on effectively serving underserved populations, reducing cost through effective coordination of care and benefits, true patient centered transaction systems, and much more.
Tom served as Chief Operating Officer for seven years with a company that manages complex public-funded healthcare benefits for low-income and underserved populations. He is an active board member in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Tom has written numerous articles in the areas of healthcare, technology, politics and the economy, published by California Political Review, Lead-Zine, and others. He has been a quoted expert in numerous stories by NBC-universal, Workforce Management Magazine, Managed Care Advisor, Managed Care Magazine, Menlo Park Patch Newspaper, Physicians Money Digest, BioPharma Insight, and others as well as on radio and television including a recent appearance on Huff Post Live with Alyona Minkoviski – “What happens when antibiotics stop working?” speaking on the rise of super resistant microbes. When he is not writing, speaking or working in business, Tom is also an accomplished photographer.
Prior to The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America Tom as also published Delusional Ravings of a Lunatic Mind – a collection of essays about healthcare, the economy and politics, available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other bookstores and with his son Aleck, Calistoga Ranch: A Photo Collection – a photo essay of pictures from the Napa Valley area of California focused on Calistoga Ranch, available at Blurb. Com.
AUTHOR, WRITER AND SPEAKER | HEALTHCARE, THE ECONOMY AND POLITICS
- AUTHOR | THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA | 2012
DELUSIONAL RAVINGS OF A LUNATIC MIND: POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND OPINIONS (compilation) | 2011
- ROCK SHOW PRODUCER| DAVIDVICTORPRESENTS.COM 2015 – 2017
- BLOGGER | HEALTHCARE: CRISIS IN AMERICA 2010-2017
- CONTRIBUTING WRITER |CALIFORNIA POLITICAL REVIEW | 2012 – 2016
- SPEAKER | Keynote speaker, guest on HuffPo Live on health care topics
- CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS |Presented briefings to congress and congressional members on technology and health care