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Caring for Ourselves

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Harrison, Matt. "The American Evolution", Prometheus Institute Press, 2009.

Caring for Ourselves

Amos Lassen

Matt Harrison is amazing. He is young, not yet 26 yet he has ideas about meaningful health care reform that make a lot of sense. He is the founder of the Prometheus Institute, an organization that looks at the problems that exist in our health care system and how government regulations stop the rise of new entrepreneurs and businesses and also restrict choices and therefore retard and stop innovation and growth. He looks at our system and shows how it needs an overhaul and that we have the most expensive health care in the world and that there are 47 million American citizens without health care.
Harrison began the Prometheus Institute when he was a 19 year old student as a way to look at independent policy solutions in order to bring down the amount that government has to pay on the people and then to find a way to creatively sell these ideas to Americans thereby creating demand for positive change. This book is written to help us better understand and find a way to deal with the problems that we face.
Harrison's view is compelling as he deals with the progress in the field of health. He shows that our environment must allow for choice and change in order for us to have a successful program. He writes in a way that is easy to read and gives us some faith. He uses the real world as a basis for ideas and shows how problems can be solved through Evolutionary Choice Theory. What an accomplishment for someone so young!

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Harrison has cracked the genetic code of innovation and progress in America. This book celebrates our intrinsic traits of diversity and free choice and creates a roadmap for reviving the American Dream. --Krisztina 'Z' Holly, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Southern California, and Executive Director, USC Stevens Institute for Innovation

If America is to overcome its profound geopolitical, economic, and technological challenges, the failed remedies of the past will not work. In their place, Matt Harrison offers his innovative theory of evolutionary choice merging biology, economics, physics, psychology, and philosophy. The American Evolution is a provocative initiative for troubled times. --Robert A. Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute

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ISBN-10: 0615282040
ISBN-13: 978-0615282046
Author: Matt Harrison
Publisher: Prometheus Institute Press

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