I was up late Friday night, but not because of any plans I made. I knew early on it was going to be a long night. Afterall, this moment was a long, long time coming. After dinner, I turned on the TV to watch the U.S. Senate attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Bathtime and bedtime for the kids came and went while the debate continued. The hours on the clock slipped by, and I watched my own usual bedtime hour also disappear. The “skinny repeal” vote finally happened at approximately 2 AM ET. A defeated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented, “It’s time to move on.” My last thought before I fell asleep was that he might be right.
Republican or Democrat, Progressive or Conservative, casual observer or policy geek, I believe we are ALL weary of this debate. I mean, it’s only been raging on for seven years… What strikes me over and over again about the health care reform conversation is that no one argues that access to great healthcare is imperative. But I’m perplexed why everyone looks to insurance as THE SOLUTION. Why? Why are we so restrictive when it comes to solving the healthcare conundrum? What if there are other options? What if we looked beyond the narrow approach to healthcare finance through insurance? I challenge the decision makers, the policy wonks and the thought leaders to ask “What else? What other options exist? Are there other solutions that make sense? Can we have great healthcare without insurance?”
At Sedera Health we believe the answer is simply yes. Our model is built on a 30-year legacy of the medical cost sharing industry and borrows from the best innovations of the modern sharing economy. What Uber did for transportation and Airbnb did for hospitality, we are doing for healthcare. Sedera has been able to consistently demonstrate with companies, individuals and families from around the country that people can have great healthcare without Insurance while having the freedom to choose their own providers. There is a reason why companies who have made the leap of faith to join to our proven non-Insurance approach have renewed and renewed again.
Great healthcare at a much lower cost does exist, and we don’t have to wait for Washington to make it happen.
I think Senator McConnell got it almost right. It is time to move FORWARD in this healthcare conversation, and the team at Sedera would be excited to help you do just that.