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Analysis

This is a focus on what is understood from a rational perspective, not emotional one. An example of an emotional perspective is from a doctor that feels that care should just be enacted for all, that it is a matter of just coming to the realization that reform means go directly to universal healthcare run in large part by the government.  This is from Dr. Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P.:

The approach that got all Americans Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s and that got the citizens of Massachusetts on the road to universal coverage just a few years ago seemed a lot simpler: “Get the coverage enacted; tackle the finances later.” Maybe we should do exactly that now, but, in an era of financial meltdown, vast federal debt, powerful fiscal hawks like the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, and skepticism about any new government program, putting off the math may not work. Universal coverage will come packaged with affordability, or it may not come at all. And that brings me to the meaning of the word “reform,” in the first place. To get the care we need and want for everyone, without courting national bankruptcy, “reform” had better mean “changing care,” not just “covering care.” So far, it doesn’t.

One cannot argue with the sentiment of this statement, which is being echoed through the political debate these days.  In short, most feel we have to reform, and too many feel that the government needs to step in and just solve this dilemma that is running out of control.   However a saner view would be to analyze the cause, and seek sensible solutions.   Review the data on the subject and see what you think.  

A lot is at stake here.   It is likely larger than some think, for it will affect a lot of things if this is done incorrectly.  After all healthcare is the largest industry in our economy, and the risks to this sector by enhanced Federal control are vast.   Also we are the engine of the world in innovation in healthcare, and that could also be at risk here.  We are not a country to follow other countries historically.   Perhaps with the correct policies enacted the rest of the world will benefit, as they usually do from America's ingenuity. 

Perhaps this is a time when the following quote most applies:  "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."

Study the issues and the causes.  Pick a topic at left or shoot to the overview topics above.  In any case, it is your freedom and your healthcare that is at stake.

 

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