As you know, our health care and health insurance systems face persistent problems—we had problems before the new health law passed, and sadly those problems have only become worse. But we believe that well-meaning Americans can come together for a positive discussion to find real solutions! This week, October 13th through October 17th, the Independent Women’s Forum is leading a nationwide conversation called Healthcare Solutions Week to pave a better way forward for health care policy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to cure our nation's healthcare challenges, but today symptoms of dysfunction remain and problems need to be addressed. Healthcare Solutions Week will feature many organizations from across the country sharing their ideas for positive alternative reforms.

Healthcare Solutions Week is an effort among many organizations and individuals to:

  • Raise awareness about the many plans and ideas that offer creative alternative solutions.
  • Test their knowledge of the current law, its effectiveness, and its alternatives
  • Share personal experiences related to health care and the consequences of health reform.
  • Foster a conversation about a better direction for health reform in the future, focusing on consumer choice, market competition, fiscal responsibility, and patient-centered care.

Healthcare Solutions Week is designed to share the personal stories of people affected by the law and to feature alternative recommendations and ideas to make our health care system better. 

Healthcare Solutions Week partners will hold a number of events this week including John Locke Foundation luncheon with Dr. Richard Bruch to discuss a physician's experience with and the need to repeal the Certificate of Need Laws, Virginians for Quality Health Care's townhall event with Dr. Jack P. Ayoub, Virginia Obstetrics & Gynecology, to address how the ACA is affecting doctors and patients and healthcare solutions, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is hosting a call for state legislators.  Dozens of healthcare plans, Healthcare Solutions Week partners, and personal stories can be found at and each day more news and ideas will be shared.

Anyone who is interested in the future of health care reform in this country is invited to participate. Do you have an idea or plan you’d like to share? We’d like to hear from you on social media: Follow us on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook and follow the conversation with the hashtag #HCSW.