In keeping with what got him to the White House, President Obama is using the internet to build consensus around Health Reform. Today, HealthReform.gov was launched.
In December 2008, President-elect Obama invited Americans to host and participate in HealthCare Community Discussions to talk about how to reform health care in America.
Over 9,000 Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia signed up to host Health Care Community Discussions. Thousands more participated. Friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, representing the views of both health care patients and providers, came together in homes and offices, coffee shops and fire houses, universities and community centers, all with a common purpose: to discuss reforming the health care system.
After each Health Care Community Discussion, hosts were asked to fill out a Participant Survey and submit a Group Report summarizing the group’s main concerns and suggestions.
The 3,276 group reports were systematically analyzed and the information generated by the Health Care Community Discussions captured in the report, Americans Speak on Health Reform: Report on Health Care Community Discussions.
The Report is being formally presented to President Obama and is the foundation for the March 5 White House Forum on Health Reform, a further public discussion of the need for health reform.