By John Rathouz aka John the Caddie
Co-host of America’s Healthcare Challenge
What’s one way to begin to explain healthcare reform and hint at the challenges facing America? Wear a HealthReformExplained.com hat, that’s what I do. For over five months now, I’ve been donning the white flat-bill emblazoned with a red and blue logo. The hat was a gift to me from Sean McGuire, the leader of this just cause, originally made to be worn during the US Open golf tournament in Philadelphia this past June.
See, the reason I’m called John “the Caddie” or in closer circles, JTC, is because I’m also a professional golf caddie – and one heck of a promoter. While the hat never made it on TV as we had hoped, it stayed on my head for the remainder of the season, and it’s still there.
No doubt people have seen the hat up close and personal in Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Indiana, Kansas City, Boise, Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and of course our hometown, Omaha. It’s been washed a few times but it’s still dirty, and now like any experienced hat, perfectly shaped around my dome. I wear it forwards and backwards, and occasionally sideways like a Major League baseball closer.
I wear it proudly because of the good work I know we’re doing at HealthReformExplained.com and E.D. Bellis. As the Affordable Care Act rollout has picked up steam (or some would argue lost steam) in the last month, I’ve begun to hear comments. Like at an ACA educational seminar I went and listened to at my local library, where an older lady who had been sitting behind me (see I had it on backwards) commented after, “I’m really glad you guys are here.” Wow!
See, with all the confusion surrounding the law and the increased realization by the public that our country is facing a crisis in healthcare (i.e. access, cost, wellness, and personal responsibility) THEY JUST WANT SOMEBODY THAT CAN EXPLAIN IT ALL TO THEM. And thankfully, that’s exactly what we do. A tip of the cap.
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