Let us be blunt: Politicians in Washington do not care about finding and fixing the core problems of our health care system. Their objective is to be reelected. They will not seek to find what the source of our problems is; they will not ask fundamental questions, they will make no effort to educate the voters who might have unrealistic expectations. Instead, they will check the results of opinion polls and vote for whatever their misinformed voters lean toward. If we do not find a solution ourselves, outside the corridors of Washington, no one else will.

Please check 19 hard questions about health care, and then turn them into challenges here at Virtual Agora, so we can work together on finding a consensus on healthcare policy by bypassing the dysfunctional politics in Washington. 

 

You have just joined a group trying to change for better the politics as we know it. Conducting a productive political dialogue between people of opposing views has been difficult for some time, but right here, right now you have an opportunity to change it. This forum gives you an opportunity to shape the future.

The concept of the debate might seem complex, but the forum has been designed in a way that it should be easy to participate without even reading the official rules.

In ancient Greek cities, citizens met in marketplaces called agoras to discuss publicly the important matters of the community. Thanks to the technology available to us, we can recreate this experience in Virtual Agora. However, the rules of engagement in the debate on the public square are still the same.

1. Use your real name

It is sort of obvious. In the beginning we will trust that you are who you tell us you are. Soon we will add identity verification.

Ultimately, everyone would be able to use the Virtual Agora platform to conduct a dialogue on issues within their communities. During the introductory period, there will be only one debating forum, on the health care policy in the United States. It is an agonizing issue; it affects everyone. People disagree on philosophical and political concepts of health care policy, but the unquestionable facts are that we still have many citizens without access to health care, we spend much more on health care than other industrialized nations, with a worse outcome, and still many Americans go bankrupt under the burden of medical bills.
People that we entrusted in bettering our health care policy seem to be unable to do it. We have to do it ourselves. The algorithm of the debate at Virtual Agora gives us a chance.