Here’s the same chart produced by a designer specializing in infoesthetics:
Along with an accompanying letter to the Republican entitled “Do not fuck with graphic designers”
Dear Rep. Boehner,
Recently, you released a chart purportedly describing the organization of the House Democrats’ health plan. I think Democrats, Republicans, and independents agree that the problem is very complicated, no matter how you visualize it.
By releasing your chart, instead of meaningfully educating the public, you willfully obfuscated an already complicated proposal. There is no simple proposal to solve this problem. You instead chose to shout “12! 16! 37! 9! 24!” while we were trying to count something.
So, to try and do my duty both to the country and to information design (a profession and skill you have loudly shat upon), I have taken it upon myself to untangle your delightful chart. A few notes:
- I have removed the label referring to “federal website guidelines” as those are not a specific requirement of the Health and Human Services department. They are part of the U.S. Code. I should know: I have to follow them.
- I have relabeled the “Veterans Administration” to the “Department of Veterans’ Affairs.” The name change took effect in 1989.
- In the one change I made specifically for clarity, I omitted the line connecting the IRS and Health and Human Services department labeled “Individual Tax Return Information.”
In the future, please remember that you have a duty to inform the public, and not willfully confuse your constituents.
This man, most likely, would have huge out of pocket costs associated with the bone marrow testing and subsequent treatments even if he did have health insurance. Most major medical insurance will not cover experimental treatments including bone marrow transplants.
A lot of people have good insurance. Unfortunately there are many plans that expose their flaws when it comes to covering catastrophic diseases such as cancer.
Cancer is one of the leading causes for medical bankruptcies. And a huge percentage of those bankruptcies come from people who had major medical health coverage.
I very much believe that “healthcare reform” (if we see any “reform”) will be legislated handouts to those current players who spend the most on lobbyists. I have no faith in our government to do the right thing given that our government feels the need to protect corporate interests more than citizen interests.
However, companies come and companies go. Ford lost. Enron lost. The financial sector is losing. Newspapers lost. Television is losing. Book stores and CD shops…lost. Etc…
iTunes, Amazon, Craigslist, Google, Apple won. And it only took a few years for these new highly efficient companies to take over. The same thing will happen in healthcare. Our country is full of super smart entrepreneurs willing and ready to disrupt an industry that currently maximizes profitability by charging double what healthcare should cost.
Hey dinosaurs…your profitability simply can’t last for much longer.
Because out on the periphery there’s a couple “guys in a garage” creating something you should fear. And that something will eventually be more efficient and designed to shrink your current system to about 40% of what it currently is today. I believe in our country and the intelligent individuals who have the freedom to change things for the better using new tools that dinosaurs simply don’t understand. And that, my friends, is why I’m so optimistic.
The next evolution of Hello Health went live today. It’s essentially an entirely new everything and one we’ve been working on for the past year.
It’s now possible for anyone in the United States to sign up for Hello Health and use it to store your medical information. We’ll let you know when doctors open in your neighborhood. And it’s totally free to create an account. However, each doctor on Hello Health has a few settings within their profile:
How much they charge per hour or per kind of visit
How much they charge per month to be a member of their practice (this can range from $0 to $10,000…it’s completely up to them)
We’re keeping it small for the next month or so and then enabling a really awesome beta group of doctors to start practicing all over the US. So please stay tuned. And follow along as we grow and add more doctors and specialists on Hello Health. The beautiful thing is that it’s now super easy for a doctor, once approved by us, to create a profile and start practicing with Hello Health. It’s like a social network for doctors as well to connect with one another and start working together for your health.
On August 11th, 2008 our humble Williamsburg practice opened its doors. We had no idea what to expect. And then the first patient walked in, saw Dr. Khozin, and went home. She had no idea she was the very first patient. And she blogged about how great it was.
I guess you could say we were off to a great start.
It’s been almost one year since opening. We’ve had our challenges and sure learned a lot. And we’ve taken all of that knowledge and made something that we feel is really, really great. Today, we’re launching something much bigger and much better. We’re the beginning of a nationwide health network of health professionals and their patients all working together to experience high quality, accessible, convenient, communicative healthcare. We’re more like the Huffington Post than the Washington Post. We’re not rooted in the 20th Century. We’re rooted in today’s technology, today’s communication, and today’s efficiencies. We have a simple, but ambitious goal of delivering healthcare at half the cost but double the quality. The dream is happening…later this summer, we’ll be opening up the platform to doctors and patients all over the country. We won’t be just some small doctor’s practice in Williamsburg. We’ll be a nationwide network of doctors and patients who simply want a better, more communicative experience with one another.
These are our dreams. But the reality is we’re a healthcare startup just trying to create a better healthcare experience for both patients and doctors. In all humility, we’ve got some serious challenges to overcome.
Healthcare is a mess and we’d like to do our best to fix it. But that’s going to take a partnership between everyone involved in healthcare. If you are a business or an insurance, pharmaceutical, or lab company who is willing to join the revolution, we’re ready and willing to start working together to do things right. We invite anyone and everyone to join the revolution. We can’t do this alone. We absolutely believe that we’ll all succeed— patients, doctors, and Hello Health. So for all of you Williamsburgers who have helped kickstart this revolution…thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For all of you doctors who have contacted us throughout the country asking to sign up…thank you for spurring us on.
We just wanted to share our dreams with you. And, of course, welcome you to the new Hello Health. Please tell all your friends and family members.
I didn’t vote for Obama and I’m a StL Cardinals fan. I’ll say I admire Obama’s decision to wear the White Sox Jacket. The President is a known Sox fan and he Didn’t take the middle of the political road path and wear an Allstar Jacket.
Physicians have always considered themselves tried and true scientists who demand rigorous double-blinded controlled studies to help them practice their art/science.
It’s this map that turns the scientific practice of medicine into one big joke.
We, as a profession, do not practice science. We practice profitability. We practice quantity medicine because we know that the more we do, the more we get paid.
We should hold ourselves to a higher standard. We should standardize how we practice everyday medicine. Every doctor should be given real-time information about their spending (aka ordering) habits and how they relate to their local physician community and to the country as a whole. Because I can guarantee you this…there’s not a single doctor in America who knows this information. And that is simply unacceptable.
He, they, no one has any idea when the economy will turn. Really folks, politicians and economist are hoping for the best they have no idea if the borrowed money strategy to stimulate an economy that is suffering from too much consumption on the back of too much borrowing will work.