So, it looks like the democrats have ran into a major road bump on their dream ride to socializing health care. Now I’m not completely opposed to the intent and vision of what the democrats are trying to accomplish. In fact, part of me had hopes that they would come up with the dream solution that Obama always spoke of. Lower costs, insure everyone, and do it at no additional expense. The problem was, that it turned out to be as impossible as it sounds. But now that the democrats have lost the ability to ram a flawed incomplete piece of optimistically deceptive legislation through the senate they are refocusing on passing parts of the bill that sound good to both sides of the isle.
You have to remember once and a while that few poloticians get to where they are today by being brilliant at math or science. Most were elected for their ideolgical views, and their sparkeling resume, but most of all, because they begged and pleaded and raised a lot of money to spend begging and pleading people to vote for them. I worry that a complicated system required for a complete health care overhaul can not be pulled apart into a buffett table for senators to pick and choose their favorites. Most of the ugly parts to the reform bills only existed to make possible the more attractive offerings. I think it’s important now to take a step back and look ahead to where we are going with all of this.
Remember in highschool there was a certain group of grease monkey hot rodders who when given the opportunity to purchase their first car looked for a fixer upper? They would convince themselves that this was a golden opporutnity. If they purchased this 1983 Camaro with no engine and minor body damage, they could fix it up like new and sell it for a profit when they were done. How many times have you heard that logic from a sixteen year old boy? How many twenty year olds do you see driving around in a fully restored ten year old Camaro? Not many. Because this is what happens. You purchase a car for $3k and think that if you put $5 worth of parts into it and a lot of your own sweat and blood that you will end up with a car worth $10k. What really happens is you buy a car worth $3k and by the time you are $5k into the rebuild, you realize how far you are from completing and as you fix up one part of the car, the vehicle is also putting on miles and needing more and more maintenance.
When you go to sell the car, you learn that it is only worth $7k as an unfinished restorated not so classic 15 year old camaro. I get the feeling this is what’s going to happen to the health care reform. We will work real hard stripping the paint and priming the car, but never pick a color to paint it. And since we couldn’t afford the factory parts, we just went to the auto store and picked out the most affordable spoiler that is sitting on the shelf along with every other piece of gaudy cosmetic piece of bling we could get our hands on, just to keep the appearance up that we are fixing up the car.
If total reform wasn’t possible, then we can’t just pick the pieces that sounded good and get rid of the rest. The math just doesn’t work. If we want to take another look at this, the president should push for a new idea plan of gradual modifications to the system to focus on improving care and lowering costs using incentives and oversight, not just more insurance.