OpenSource and Health Records
Just thought of sharing a tangible example of the desirability to approach most of the reforms this country (US) needs from the open source perspective.
Affordable way to improve Health Records
Created with several billion dollars in taxpayer funds over two decades and used in more than 1,400 VA facilities, the source code is in the public domain, meaning software developers around the world can freely build features into it. Add the cost of hardware and the services of a company that has adapted the VA software for commercial use, and Midland paid less than $7 million for a full electronic medical-record system
Philosophy doesn't get the work done...the success of Linux Community resides on its ability to listen to the people's demands and transform them into software faster/better than the alternatives