February 25th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Low-cost, quality health care possible

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Jason Hwang
Special to CNN

We have met the enemy, and he is us. Debate on health care reform has once again become a miserable exhibition of seemingly irreconcilable differences, which President Obama is trying to address in his health care summit.

There is a path forward, and it starts with understanding that waiting for the government to lead an uncertain reform effort isn't necessary.

Prepaid integrated health systems like Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger Health System, Group Health Cooperative and HealthPartners are succeeding and innovative. It's no coincidence that these organizations are often mentioned when describing health care providers that offer high quality care while staying affordable.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Health care is possible without the government takeover with the private sector. Is it a government, an auto maker, or an insurance company, it is getting harder and harder to determine anymore.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm |