Open Letter to President Elect Trump
By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, November 29, 2016
Dear President Elect Trump,
Being approximately the same age, I know you are aware of the goal established on May 25, 1961 by President Kennedy to land a man on the moon within 10 years. This decision was a classic education on the value of establishing goals and then mobilizing everyone to help you achieve the goal. That is exactly what happened when within 10 years America had a successful lunar landing and a safe return to Earth.
I am shocked that Presidents since Kennedy have not attacked seemingly insurmountable objectives and rallied the entire Federal Government, State Governments, Local Governments and more importantly privately owned commercial entities by getting them all on the same page to accomplish a single objective.
For the past 8 years under the Obama Administration, we have seen the establishment of Obamacare much to the consternation of the American public because President Obama rallied ONLY his political team to accomplish the goal rather than getting the entire country including his political adversaries to work on the objective.
I would respectively request that given the cost of medical care not only in America but also around the world, the Federal Government is in a position to attacked major costs of medical care by attacking the cause of the various medical conditions that drain government and private assets to combat the most serious medical conditions. According to an Internet search, the following are the “leading causes” of death in America and by inference the leaders in medical costs to fight the causes of death at least in America:
· Heart disease: 614,348
· Cancer: 591,699
· Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
· Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
· Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
· Alzheimer's disease: 93,541
· Diabetes: 76,488
· Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227
· Nephritis, nephritic syndrome, and nephritis: 48,146
· Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773
Applying President Kennedy’s goal/objective setting proclamation in 1961 to 2016, I would highly recommend that just like setting a goal to become debt free, we as a country attack the above list from the bottom up. I am not sure that preventing suicides, as admirable as that goal would be, is the proper place to start. Having said that, what would happen if you set a goal for all forms of government and private industries to eradicate Nephritis, Nephritic Syndrome and Nephritis with the first two or three years of your administration.
If everyone tried to eradicate just one disease instead of focusing their collective attention on eradicating many diseases all at the same time, America would realize a much quicker success. Then just as you would create a plan to eliminate all your personal debt, you apply all of those same resources to the next disease on the list. Set a goal by which time you want that disease to be eradicated. Then move on to the next one. Over time many if not all of the diseases affecting America would be eradicated or at least severely limited. If Americans are saved from disease and the cost of treatment of a disease, the world be also be saved by sharing information. Once established, I would think that world-wide governments and commercial entities would join in the battle as well.
The important aspect of this plan is that Americans can easily see what the Federal Government’s policies and plans as in respect to eradicating death causing diseases in America and therefore the World. Get everyone involved to the maximum degree possible and then move on to the next one on the list. You could easily start at the top or the bottom. I would suggest that you first get medical people involved in making a list of the most difficult to eradicate to the least difficult and then start with the least difficult first.
I would also encourage you to create a line-item entry on personal income taxes where citizens can check a box and then add money to their income tax submission for the sole purpose of find cures to diseases. But, for this to work, you MUST establish a lockbox type of arrangement where the money could not be used for other purposes by the Federal Government as it does not with items such as Social Security.
One very visible way to “Make America Great Again” would be to at the same time “Make America Healthier Again.”
All the best.