The Health Care Project

Well it’s Saturday morning here in the middle of Texas.  According to the widget on my desktop, it’s 79 degrees outside right now.  Given our weather over the last few months, I have a hard time believing that.  I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt though, as it’s still early in the day.

I’ve done my time with the TharpSter TreadMill this morning.  The walk wasn’t as long as it normally was though.  The recent thunder and rain which have come to the area tend to make the TreadMill codependent and clingy.  Doing the normal walk just didn’t fit in the groove today.  In addition to that, there was a grumpy lady on the same path who refuses to even acknowledge my presence when I say “Good morning” to her.  To be honest, I’ve received more cordial treatment from the rabid pit bull she walks than I have from her.  For all I know, she’s offended by my Larry the Cable Guy hat that says “Git-R-Done”.  None the less, this is Texas.  I’ll continue to say hello to her whenever the frothing 100 lb behemoth drags here by the house.

So since it is Saturday morning, I’m going to take part in some weekend warrior activity.  The first thing I need to do is to wade through the pit that has enveloped my garage (I really need to clean that thing out) and get a hammer out.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the Congressional recess this year is that there was a very specific reason why the proponents of Obamacare wanted it done before the government took a hiatus from making laws that continue to infringe on our freedom.  That reason has proven to be that the majority of the American people do not want the type of health care reform that is currently being considered both in the House and in the Senate.  With that in mind, I foresee the current bill as proposed on its way into the same type of motorcade provided for the recently departed Ted Kennedy.  Naturally, we need to break out the hammers to begin the process of nailing the casket shut.

I have this great picture posted on one of the walls of my expansive 6×6 cubicle at work which likens software development to the construction of a tire swing.  It’s occurred to me that the current landscape regarding the need for health care reform can also be applied in the same way.

The primary problem with the U.S. health care system today is not the health care itself.  The biggest problem about the U.S. health care system is the cost.  Blame it on excessive regulation.  Blame it on inflation.  Blame it on lawsuit abuse.  If you feel so compelled to blame it on the evil health insurance companies who presumably have driven the costs up in search for profit, then go ahead and do so.  Regardless of the source of blame, the U.S. health care system needs to be reformed.

Proponents of universal healthcare have displayed over and over again that they do not understand what type of reform is desired.  The American people will tell them one thing, but they will hear another.

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The Clinton Administration tried to reform the system in 1994, but their efforts went nowhere.

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The current system we have in place now which takes care of the elderly, the poor, and our veterans has its problems.

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The Obama Administration has proposed a plan which would presumably allow those who like their current plan to keep it.  In addition, the plan would make a public option available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Instead of writing a healthcare bill on its own, the Obama Administration has put creation of a universal health care plan in the hands of Congress.  The House of Representatives has responded with over 1000 pages of legalese which at best is self defeating.

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The proposed bill takes major health care decisions out of the hands of the patient and physician.

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Although the proponents of universal health care deny it, there will be no way to avoid rationing of care.

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Even then, the plan will still leave millions of Americans without coverage for their healthcare needs.

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The proposed plan will be expensive.  Taxes will have to either be created or raised in order to pay for it.

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The tragedy of the current debate over reforming the U.S. health care system is that whether the bill passes or fails, the problem of excessive costs will not be fixed.  The powers that be, whether today or years down the road, will have to understand the real reason behind the rising costs.  In addition, they will need to understand that the manifest destiny of the individual’s heath care decisions needs to reside specifically in the hands of the individual, and not in those of the government.  Once this is understood, then they can give the American people what is really wanted.

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Randy Tharp

TharpSter is a husband to one woman, a father to two kids, a master to two dogs, an occasional cubical occupant, and unable to make up his mind on an adequate theme for this website.

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