Share your ideas on Transparency
How can HHS promote accountability, improve public understanding of what HHS does, help illuminate what’s going on with respect to the nation’s health and well-being, help spark action and innovation to bring Americans inside HHS and our operating divisions? (Examples: web casting, video, data sets we should publish, feedback on the quality of the data, etc.)
I have seen and heard a lot of complaints about the current and proposed Health Care/Health Insurance Reform legislation, but couldn't tell you what was in it because I haven't read it. I'd like to see a web site that a citizen could go to where you could easily get access to information and discuss the Health Care/Health Insurance Reform issue. Maybe this already exists, but I don't know how to get to it. We can not rely on the news media to evaluate something this important for us. The citizenry needs to act on facts. Once we know what is planned to be done about health care, we can make intelligent requests of our representatives in Congress on specific issues. The Health Care/Health Insurance Reform issue is too important an issue to leave to bureaucrats without specific guidance from the people.
Go to hospitals, talk to patients in the oncology and dialysis units, the ICU etc without the press. We solve the worlds troubles every day
Recognize that transparency of data on health issues builds trust; concealment reduces trust. Adopt a zero-based approach to claims that health related safety study results are trade secrets; cut out the over-use of "CBI" in each of the components where today industrial claims predominantly shield health data. Reevaluate the past near-automatic stance that a private submission will receive the owner's desired "secret" status. Inform FDA and other HHS recipients of commercial submissions that reopening past secrecy decisions will build greater public trust for accuracy of the agency decisions made upon that submission. Thoughtful and principled screening of incoming secrecy claims must become a vital part of each component's FOIA policies.