|Right Down = Governor Scott Walker, Steve Brenton, President/WHA|
L-R; Mark Taylor, President/CEO/St. Mary's; Joy Tapper, Executive Director/MHCP; and Eric Borgerding VP/WHA
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In an ideal world, Pure or Perfect Competition is desired. Given today's technological boundaries, of the four (4) market structures, we feel that creativity, innovation, life style, entry/exit ease, differentiated competition will work best for the Affordable Health Care producers in the market and those emerging producers. We want competition without barriers to entrepreneurship at the census tract and neighborhood level. We seek to benchmark the pluses of pure or perfect competition. However, we know that "Monopolistic Competition" will work for census tract and neighborhood level competition. It would allow entry/exit, producers from start-up to corporation-style yet, demand cost containment through engagement at all levels. Monopolistic Competition uses one "mono" to describe the entire area being utilized by many firm, many producers with heterogeneous products with little to no barriers to entry and exist.
We want control of revenue, price and demand to be influenced by a large number of competitors/producers and the knowledgeable consumers/buyers. Therefore, customer preparedness is very important. It requires ongoing engagement in the marketplace for health management. Takeovers, oligopoly and monopoly and "We-know-best-for-you competition/oversight" is not acceptable.
We vigorously work to identify, report and get rid of monopolies controlled by, oligopoly groups within Milwaukee and outside who receive earmarked funding for the reform of disparaging conditions and growth of areas of poverty; but, fail to incorporate the formula of self-sustainability by providing education and technology attainment, gainful employment in the area of granted funding and buy-in of growth accountability for the long haul - not just annual funding cycles.
Since the national economy has and is experiencing loss, all federal funding has a component geared to promoting entrepreneurship, employment, education, technology and some form of construction - individuals and groups that receive Urban Renewal funding and resources must establish ongoing commitment to Communication with per population engagement. This includes recipients of tax credits, transportation, construction, Targeted Investment Neighborhood/TIN, Tax Increment Districts/TID, Tax Investment Financing/TIF, Section 8 and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development/WHEDA, environmental and Homeland Security tools.
Our research show that the term "NON-PROFIT" has obtained a reputation that needs "scrubbing". It has become a high-end method of recruiting federal funding and federal benefits that relaxes obligations of paying tax - FREE MONEY. We see it over-and-over in NEW and LARGE consolidation groups that are made-up of "well-connected" individual that exploit the funding of reform and change for quality of life and economic development. We see more and more those "losing employment" due to downsizing and other economic requirements of the marketplace finding their way to "full-time" employment and consultation at non-profits. Many, if not most, bring the high-end cost right along with them for "title" and "privileges".
We must see that the taxes and funding stay in the city of Milwaukee for growth and sustainability. We must tap into the world of hidden talent and vetted businesses at the census tract and neighborhood level - those who live-work-educate their children-open businesses-hire from the neighborhood-help to build the infrastructure of the neighborhood, pay taxes and shop in the neighborhood. Otherwise, it is worst seeking best - not tangible to sustainability and for worst.
Race and Low-Income
African American, other People of Color and other Americans of low-income make-up over 80 percent of the total population in urban Milwaukee. Milwaukee has over a half-million folk that are up for enrollment in the Affordable Health Care plans. For five years, we looked at how Milwaukeeans, especially African American and People of Color became more and more disenfranchised even though $$millions-on-top-of-millions were sent to the city annually to shore up-the-shores with reform. So, what's the problem?
Our findings put elected-appointed-hired government officials at the core of the reason why best practices, transparency and accountability is NOT was NOT a long-suit in Code of Conduct for best practices. In addition, we found well-connected and donor-for-hire individuals, and groups-committees-boards-regent, being appointed-hired engaging in widespread cronyism, conflict of interest, bullying-intimidation, misrepresenting the truth, misusing power, engaging in cover-up and engaging in delayed and "no response" to request for public information.
We see elected officials knowing much too little to help guide the necessary tweaking of policies and guidelines. We see census tract and neighborhood level stakeholders scheduled for the "late train" of preparedness. We see business-as-usual gaming the system by skilled and highly paid consultants.
To help ensure that Affordable Health Care 101 inclusiveness and preparedness is being addressed, MPA LLC Consumer Protection Group was put in place in March, 2013 to help monitor Code of Conduct and implementation. To draw attention to Affordable Health Care benchmarks and strategies. To look at Long‐term/Short‐term issues; such as:
- Providers: Payment reductions bundling
- Beneficiaries: Age of eligibility Increased cost sharing
- Plans: Payment reductions
- Program Structure: Benefit restructuring Program redesign (premium support)
WHA has a major role of leadership from afar.
- Governor Scott Walker
- Mark Taylor, President/CEO, St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee
- Joy Tapper, Executive Director, Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Revised: September 2, 2013