48 — LEAN TOGETHER ever-rising cost of health care presents a real hurdle to accessing insurance and even health care for millions of people. Americans want our friends, family and neighbors to get the very best health care at the very best price, but our health care system has been plagued by problems for so long, it’s almost as if we can’t imagine how great our health care system could be… ● Imagine being able to customize your insurance plan the way you can customize your iPhone. ● Imagine being able to have one continuous insurance policy, even as you change jobs or move across state lines. ● Imagine an insurance policy that doesn’t drop you or increase your premiums if you get a bad diagnosis. ● Imagine knowing ahead of time what you will pay for health care services, and how much to expect your insurance policy to pay. ● Imagine being able to compare different doctors or hospitals by quality of care AND price—and choose the one with the best value. ● Imagine YOU in the driver’s seat of your health care, instead of being pushed around by insurance companies, big hospitals, or big government. ● Imagine prices going down…instead of up. All of this can be a reality. We are Americans, after all, and we should lead the world with the best, most efcient and effective health care system. But we need to understand what’s stopping us from achieving this kind of system, and focus on solutions that target the real problems that currently plague our health care system. The trouble is, most people don’t understand the strengths and weaknesses of American health care, and don’t know the history of our system and how our problems arose.