Thursday, June 11, 2009

Health care reform

I just got done watching a speech by Barack Obama on healthcare. It sounded so good! You almost can't help coming away thinking that he really is going to solve the problem. He's going to make outstanding health care available to everyone and lower the cost in the process. Even though such programs have been dismal failures in Canada and overseas, Mr. Obama is such a good speaker and so likable that you really just want to believe him.

Then my brain overrides my emotions.

From the time my kids were young, my wife and I implemented a system we called "privelege/responsibility." It went like this: As you kids grow older we will give you privileges. To get more privileges you need to show us that you are responsible with the priveleges you already have.

As teenagers, for example, before you get a drivers licence you have to have shown us that we can trust you to be where you said you were going to be and did not get into trouble.

All kids try to push the envelope, of course, but I think our system worked pretty well and I am certainly happy with how my kids turned out.

I think we need to put the government on a similar program. Before we allow the government to further entangle itself in our medical care, we need to insist that the government show us how effectively and effeciently they can run Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and our VA hospitals.

As much as we might want and need a better health care system, it would be just plain stupid to turn our health care over to a govenemnt that has screwed up so much for so many for so long. As Ronald Reagan said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

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