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Blog Post: Grassroots Education, Hidden Costs, and Health Care

November 21, 2011

Dear Reader,

As economic conditions conspire to engender an entrepreneurial spirit among those who would otherwise seek to be productive through traditional means of employment, I here present a dilemma endemic to our society, and a proposal that has been created with the intention of addressing this challenge.

The Problem I’m trying to solve:

There is insufficient political support for a health care delivery system that is more simple, streamlined, efficient, and adequate in addressing the health needs of those living within America’s borders. The lay public has been insufficiently informed of the counter-intuitive reality that all persons living within the borders of the United States currently access health care (in Emergency Departments) regardless of their ability to pay or their citizenship status; much of this cost is already borne by taxpayers, and reorganization of the system can improve quality, access, and value.

Description of Project:

I will study the true costs of Emergency Department utilization (the effects of EMTALA, 1986), of forgone government revenues through the provision of uncompensated care by non-profit health institutions, and the extent of excess costs in the health care system that might have been avoided had the patient had access to adequate and appropriate care prior to and throughout an entire health episode. I will take this information and develop it into a lesson plan/presentation that is communicable to a lay audience. I will launch a multi-pronged communication and advocacy campaign through Maryland General Assembly testimony, submission of op-ed pieces, presentations to neighborhood associations, and through coalition building to raise awareness and political support for simpler, more equitable, solutions to health care delivery system organization and financing. Ultimately, I would like to generate sufficient political will to permit politicians to pass legislation that brings order, access, cost-control, and quality to health care in Maryland.

What, dear Reader, are you doing to improve society and lay claim to the title of your citizenship?

The Baltimore Citizen

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About Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper, president of Revealing Our Humanity Communications, has been consistently engaged in public service for the past 16 years and has spent eight of those years being actively engaged in Maryland politics. Jordan is the host of Public Interest Podcast. He has worked on Health IT and Health Information Exchange implementing Obamacare for the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance. He ran as a Democratic Candidate for Delegate in the 2014 election cycle. He served as the President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association (2013-2014) and as the Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Customer Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Rockville Selective Service Board. He is an Area Coordinator in District 16 for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and is a member of the District 16 Democratic Board. Jordan has a master's degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in political science from Vassar College. Jordan was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland.


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