Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

Politicians & Health Care...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes

The seemingly 'age old' debate about health care continues with politicians and electors refusing to learn from past mistakes.  There are ample opportunities for our elected officials to learn what happens when various things are decreed.  There are a number of state "test tubes" that provide ready evidence of what doesn't work.

TennCare in Tennessee didn't work and nearly wrecked the system that had been in place.  Dirigio in Maine didn't work.  The Massachusetts connector (Romney Care) isn't working in spite of the protestations by Massachusetts' politicians.  New Jersey has among the highest health care costs in our nation following mandates that it required a decade or more ago.

The approaches that caused these problems are about to be tried again on a national scale in spite of ample proof that these things don't work.  For example, without everyone participating in a health care "system", the elimination of pre-existing condition clauses simply create higher and higher costs.  Yet, the politicians are now shying away from that economic reality because it is causing them some angst with their voters.  I've likened that before to permitting the purchase of fire insurance on your home when it has started to burn, or of permitting the purchase of auto insurance right after you hear the crunch of metal.

Maybe we ought to be 'experimenting' still at the state level to find workable solutions where the expense of failure won't be so dramatic and so astronomical and so devastating to our health care system.  There is no free ride in spite of what the politicians would have us believe.  Without personal responsibility being taken, no amount of money will solve impending crises such as the near-term explosion of diabetes in our population.

Employers can institute all kinds of programs that would be helpful to the employees and to their family members, but if those programs aren't used by more than 10% to 15% of the people involved, they're worthless.  When financial penalties are attempted in order to push people toward the programs, the hue and cry of unfairness is raised.

Maybe we ought to think about the unfairness of us burdening our neighbors with our poor habits and with our apparent lack of willpower to take control of our own lives.  It is easier to blame someone or something else for our 'misfortune'.

Politicians are not going to solve the problem if they can't identify the problem...or are unwilling to identify the problem.

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