Attention Startups: President Obama Wants to Know What You Think About Health Care Reform

Facing growing resistance to his efforts to reform the health care industry, President Obama on Saturday July 25 asked the small business community what the most important issues are when it comes to health care.

In a nifty use of social media tools, the White House is using LinkedIn to gather feedback from entrepreneurs. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman sent out an email today to a number of his “social media friends” announcing the effort (including me).

“Sending a note to my social media friends, ” wrote Hoffman “…. up to you if you want to participate. Good cause. (Have to sort out the small business and health stuff; get good direction to Washington.)”

A new report from the Council of Economic Advisors, also released July 25, analyzing the impact of health insurance reform on small businesses is prompting the request for feedback. The Council is asking entrepreneurs to read the report and offer the White House your comments, questions and objections.

I’ve been one of many folks calling for the White House to pay more attention to the needs of small businesses–in addition to the giants of the economy. I am glad to see they are doing more on this front. So startups–now is the time weigh in!

To spur even more interest, CEA Chair Christina Romer will be answering some questions, chosen by LinkedIn, in a live video online discussion at WhiteHouse.gov on Wednesday, July 29th, at 3:00 PM EDT.

I just checked out the site. Interestingly, the survey is being done through LinkedIn’s new Answers service, in which members post a question on their network. There are already 29 thoughtful responses.

Congrats on a clever and important experiment Reid!

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One Response to “Attention Startups: President Obama Wants to Know What You Think About Health Care Reform”

  1. Joe Hogan Says:

    Affordable heathcare is a basic human right, not an industry. The challenge is to be able to provide it in an efficient and proper manner. The key is eliminating layers between the doctor and the patient that do not add value (Insurance comaponies and Government). Life was simple when all we had in the equation was a copay 80/20. One plan, one approach, keep it simple.

    Therefore, how information is gathered, reviewed, approved, and how payments for services are received and recorded has become a major challenge that needs to be simplified not complicated with legislation.

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