Although in this case, it’s government bailing out government. At its core, health care reform is a massive tax increase. The task is to continue feeding the morbidly obese Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security entitlement systems. Politicians know this truth is a hard sell. It is much easier to present a false premise.
Has anyone ever heard the story of the family doctor? The one where the doctor explains to the patient, “I have the easiest job in the world.” The patient asks, “Why would you say such a thing?” The doctor replies, “Because ninety percent of my patients will get well all on their own.”
At this point, we can’t even get the health care reform “sales force” to explain in detail what the proposed treatment entails. The way I understand it, right now there are four or more different large-scale health care reform bills floating around the halls of the legislature.
Recently, I watched a Senate committee markup of the Baucus Health Care Bill on C-SPAN. During the session, one of the Senators read a newspaper headline and presented it as the fact-basis of his position. Observing this, I thought- don’t our leaders have access to better information than the newspaper they read over brunch? Additionally- if this bill is passed, who will appear at the top of the org chart of the newly formed governmental enterprise- the editor of the New York Times?
It is more likely with this bunch, that the health care treatment itself will cause death. In a hospital, would you allow you’re doctor to administer a dangerous and painful treatment without first fully explaining the procedure, including all the known benefits and risks? The clear answer is NO. Why then do so many people continue to accept this kind of treatment from their elected officials?
We need a different approach. Instead of a sales pitch, we need to attack our problems as a doctor would- by diagnosing and treating each ailment separately. Einstein said- “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Many of the health care efficiency answers already exist in the nature of the living being. In the future, I will list and explain these underlying solutions in greater detail.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves- before our politicians can even begin to attempt a successful overhaul of the health care system, they must first fix their own problems. It is foolish to expect a politician to think or act as a doctor. With respect to health care reform, clearly the doctors have the wisdom, the patients have the motivation and the politicians are in the way. Unless the voters are able to replace all politicians with medical doctors, government should not make our health care decisions. Allow me to state these again clearly- Politicians should not be allowed to structure our health care systems. The task is beyond their scope of work and clearly exceeds their skills. We, the people, need to find the wisdom, the courage and the method to speak the words- “first do no harm”.
J. N. Kish – Industrial Engineer, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Thinker.