CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with absolutely no expertise in the field of health care. As always, opposing opinions are welcome. They are wrong, but welcome, and please, no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!
The Obama Healthcare plan finally kicked in on Tuesday. It will not take a week, or a month, or a year to tell if it is a success or not, it will suck and suck badly. This legislation is 50 million pages long. It was written by 33 committees made up mostly of politicians and special interest lobbyists. It was passed without a single voter having read more than a summary of what they think the law said.
Of course it will suck.
Other countries have tried to revise healthcare. Many systems are free. It is hard to find health care providers in these systems. Free seldom works. I’ll bet rich people in these countries manage to find health care.
Those systems suck.
Our current system is expensive as hell. Many people cannot afford health care. Many people go to emergency rooms for health care where they cannot be turned down. Getting emergency care for genuine emergencies can be difficult. Those who can pay for their health care in our system also pay for those that cannot.
Our current system sucks.
The problem with health care today, that did not exist years ago, is health care can do so much. Years ago, for many illnesses, the Doctor just told you how many years or months you had to live. Today Doctors have medicine, machines and technology that can cure an illness. Curing an illness is expensive. It is way more expensive than telling someone how much time they have to stay above ground.
This whole health care issue is tremendously complicated. It involves more than just doctors and hospitals and drugs. It involves lawyers, and clergy, and politicians. To change our current system to one that is fair and cost effective is impossible. It just cannot be done!
When I worked in operations on Wall Street, there were many operational changes which involved multiple firms, from multiple states and multiple countries, with multiple needs and interests. Getting a status quo decision as to how best make industry operational changes was impossible. It could not be done!
And yet Wall Street did it all the time. How? Regulatory agencies mandated changes. Firms claimed they could not make the changes and gave multiple reasons why change was impossible. Regulatory agencies said, “Do it, or go out of business…just find away and do it!”
Somehow, with no other choice but to find a way or go out of business, all those multiple firms with multiple interests would find a way and get it done.
This is what the Obama Care legislation has done. It has mandated change. It will suck, but it will be tweaked. Bad ideas will be culled, good ideas will be expanded and innovative plans and ideas will be cultivated. The Obama Health Care plan will suck, but by mandating change, the Health Care system will change and eventually change for the better.
Obama Care is going to be painful. There will be many, many unintended consequences.
We know the current system sucks.
I believe that given time the Obama plan will suck less.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.