July 1, 2021
David W. Johnson
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Will You Rise Up and Take a Stance?

This month’s song is a parody of the stirring “Do You Hear the People Sing” at the end of the first act of the Broadway musical “Les Misérables.” In the song, revolutionaries at the barricades call for the public to join their struggle against oppression.

In our version, we ask the healthcare industry whether they “hear the people” now in their demand for kinder, smarter, affordable care for all Americans. At 4sight Health, we believe that a customer-led revolution will topple an entrenched healthcare industrial complex through empowered buyers, liberated data and pro-market (as opposed to pro-business) regulatory policies.

“Les Misérables” is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name. At close to 3,000 pages, Hugo’s novel is among the longest ever written. The story features Jean Valjean, a poor man who goes to a penal colony for stealing a loaf of bread. After 19 years of hard labor, Valjean escapes and becomes a force for good, but his criminal past haunts him.

Humanity’s multiple and often conflicting attributes are on full display throughout the play: greed and generosity; hope and despair; loyalty and betrayal; justice and mercy; courage and cowardice; futility and fortune; retribution and reconciliation. “Les Misérables” compelling narrative and incredible soundtrack have made it among the most popular musicals ever produced.

Healthcare’s daily human dramas are no less compelling. Almost all Americans experience the healthcare system. Sometimes, it produces miracles. Too often, it frustrates and harms those it seeks to serve. Our collective challenge is to create a new U.S. healthcare that serves the people, not vested interests. The customer revolution in healthcare needs you!

Will you do what you can do

So that our cause may advance?

To create greater value

Will you rise up and take a stance?

Listen to this month’s song for inspiration and join in our crusade! Read the song lyrics here.



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About the Authors

David W. Johnson

Dave powers 4sight Health with an unflinching determination to create status-quo busting dialogue and action in healthcare reform. His innate desire to bring about change, coupled with his tremendous proficiency across health policy, academic medicine, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, has led to his recognition as an insightful, incisive globally acknowledged authority on market-driven reform. Dave is a prolific writer on healthcare’s pro-market transformation. He is the author-in-residence at MATTER, the Chicago-based healthcare incubator, and published the critically acclaimed book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare in 2016. McGraw-Hill published Dave’s book The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Smarter, Kinder, Affordable Care for All in September 2019. Dave left a 28-year career in investment banking to create 4sight Health. As an investment banker, he managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds, led significant strategic advisory engagements for health systems. He specialized in capital formation, asset-liability management, enterprise risk analytics and new business-model development. Dave is also currently an investor and/or advisor for several early- or mid-stage healthcare companies including Curate Health, GaussSoft, HealthiPass, Link Capital, Medspeed and MultiScale Health Networks. Dave holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. Dave was drawn to service at a young age as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and a United States Presidential Management Intern. His civic and professional affiliations have included Harvard Medical School (Visiting Committee); the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Board, Executive and Finance Committees); the University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy’s Visiting Committee, Student Engagement Sub-Committee Chair and the Urban Health Lab); the Health Management Academy; Harvard School of Public Health; CHRISTUS Health (Audit Committee); the British-American Project (U.S. Chair); and Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center (Finance Committee Chair). Dave is a consummate thought leader who enjoys reading and writing. He is no health slouch as a vegan who often bikes to meetings, who’s run ten marathons. He also loves traveling.

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