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November 2, 2020 — Election Eve

On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, Washington D.C. readies for its climax. I detail the sights and sounds in the run-up to this historic day.

A thick fog coats my glasses. My breath battles to unfurl upwards. This is 2020.

I begin my early morning jog in a city gone quiet. I run down Vermont Avenue, then take a winding right on Rhode Island, and streak down 16th. It only takes three turns and a couple stop light breaks to reach the White House. By the time it’s in sight, I’m a little gassed and in a bit of a sweat. My feet start to slow as the president’s mansion, office, and fortress comes into focus. I lower my mask to cradle my chin. The haze on my glasses dissipates. And I stare. …


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Part XVI: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

I believe the public sector can use the levers of government to occasionally steer the private sector in a needed direction. In this case, allow the private sector to do what it does best: innovate. The government can offer bench marked tax deductions to certain technologies that can be interwoven into the healthcare system.

Double Down on Telehealth

First, as has been heavily utilized during the pandemic, telehealth will be an essential part of the future. To a large extent, telehealth can be the avenue to help close the inaccessibility gap. If basic treatment and visits can be conducted remotely, it allows for more immediate treatment, quick diagnoses for commonly treated ailments, and perhaps most importantly, cuts out some of the dead weight administrative costs that exist from in-person care and a la carte billing. …


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Credit: Clay Banks

Part XV: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

I believe that incentivizing and repositioning young healthcare professionals, like primary physicians, can make an immediate impact on racial health inequities. It can greatly aid minority, working class, and rural communities that need access. However, I would be remiss if I did not underscore the stark and systemic health inequities that exist for the Black and Brown communities in America. I can’t pretend that simply providing health insurance and moving around some young health professionals will solve the problem. …


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Credit: Kimberly Farmer

Part XIV: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

In relation to its number of doctors, America faces a supply-demand problem. On the supply side, the United States produces great physicians but not enough. Therefore, many physicians choose to specialize, and coupled with consolidated hospital networks, become somewhat inaccessible to vulnerable populations. At the same time, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners exponentially grow in number and fill the void. …


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Part XIII: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

I firmly believe that America’s healthcare system can be made better. Healthcare impacts every citizen and aids our wellness, happiness, productivity, and success. It’s every bit a family issue, as it is a financial issue, and a lifestyle issue. …


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Part XII: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

Universal healthcare systems exist around the globe. It’s not just a Western concept. In fact, many argue that the Eastern Hemisphere has some of the best healthcare in the world.

Japan and South Korea

Starting with the East Asian democracies, Japan and South Korea have government-financed, privately operated healthcare. In these nations, healthcare is widely funded through a portion of a citizens’ wage like a payroll tax. As individuals earn more income, they contribute more to the system. …


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Credit: Sarah Kurfeb

Part XI: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

In many ways, the United States’ employer-based model uniquely defines its healthcare system. Essentially, all other developed nations have universal health insurance; whereas, the U.S. does not. Importantly however, “universal” does not always equate to government-run and government-funded. As will be detailed, each country has a fairly unique way of providing coverage to everyone, and in many instances, using private health insurance to achieve that goal. From a global perspective, healthcare spans a spectrum of models, practices, and outcomes. …


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Part X: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

The Challenger

Healthcare will be a pivotal issue this November. Both presidential candidates have differing views related to The Affordable Care Act and the general path toward amending the healthcare system.

From the Democratic viewpoint, the presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, presents a plan to increase government-run and funded healthcare. According to his website, his healthcare plan focuses on a public option where “if your insurance company isn’t doing right by you, you should have another, better choice. Whether you’re covered through your employer, buying your insurance on your own, or going without coverage altogether, the Biden Plan will give you the choice to purchase a public health insurance option like Medicare.” …


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Credit: Pepi Stojanovski

Part VIII: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

Healthcare costs too much in America, and patients bear the brunt. If we hope to reduce costs, we first must understand where the money actually resides. …


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Part IX: Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America

Note: This post is one part of my series, Yes, Now is the Perfect Time to Talk Healthcare in America, which provides an in-depth look at the current healthcare system so that it can be reformed. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to check out the other posts in the series.

Voters

In order to drive reform, the will of the people need to be behind it. They need to push their elected officials to make change a priority. However, from a bird’s eye view, it’s not always clear what drives voters to vote the way they do and pressure those in power. Voters themselves often have an affinity for personality traits, party identification, deal-breaking issue stances, and plenty more. …

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Jordan Klavans

Washington D.C. Resident. An aspiring student of history.

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