Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Now that's a novel idea -- listen to people who propose solutions, instead of speaking to the American people about your solutions. So far, according to the Center for Health Transformation, the online health summit has had more than 20,000 unique visitors.

If Obama did decide to listen to the American people, what would he hear?

He might find out that his plan is not the best solution.

According to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday, more than 56 percent of voters oppose the proposed health care plan.

What would the voters prefer? How about taking one step at a time instead of leaping off a cliff? Smaller bills that address the problems individually were the preference of 63 percent of the voters in the Rasmussen poll.

One such area of waste we should all agree on is medical fraud. It's money that is being totally wasted, and it should be stopped today.

"Fraud constitutes at least $100 billion or about 13 percent of annual Medicare and Medicaid spending," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., notes on the Center for Health Transformation online summit. "As a practicing physician, my experience tells me that figure could be much higher. Harvard's Dr. Malcolm Sparrow, author of 'License to Steal,' estimates that annual losses from fraud could easily be in the 20 percent or 30 percent range, even as high as 35 percent."

With astronomical waste in current government programs, why in the world would we want to create a bigger government health program? To waste more money we don't have?

This sounds a bit insane.

As for a potential bipartisan approach, 61 percent of voters polled by Rasmussen said Congress should scrap the current plan and begin again. Hmm, they don't like the current plan, so we should start over. How about starting over with one piece at a time -- say, fraud, for instance.

Maybe the Republican Party should embrace the label as the party of NO as in NO more government takeovers of anything.

Only 34 percent of voters believe that the president's handling of the health care issue has been good or excellent, according to Rasmussen Reports, while "50 percent think the president has done a poor job."

No wonder he's not listening.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.