"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

So the job of setting the parameters and possibly writing a new health care bill is in the hands of 13 white, male republican Senators. The " optics"  ( a new catchword of the media right and left)  of this lucky 13 is not very pretty.  The only diversity in the group is the degree of conservatism and who is the most wealthy.

Is it reasonable to expect that these men will craft legislation that reflects the needs of women, children, and the working poor? How about the average lower to middle class family?
I have not heard anyone express this point of view, but does anyone really believe that President Trump or any member of his family ever worried for even a millisecond about the cost of their own health care? Does any billionaire worry at all about such things?
I'm getting near four decades in medicine and have been witness to so many changes it is mind boggling. Deregulation, managed care, the death of private practice, and many more I can't recall. All the while, costs continue to rise, and every single day, people have to make very tough choices.
Let me ask another rhetorical question: does any well to do member of the US Senate think about whether they will need to sell their homes and spend down their savings for the privilege of having to live in a nursing home, where they will have to turn over their social security check and be given a meager allowance? Happens every day all over the country. Never in the DC swamp though.

The problem that needs resolution is not the repeal of Obamacare, it is that  health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege.

Will the gang of 13 get that done?  Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that health care is a mess. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the current Affordable Care Act is not working well. And we can all see that our political system isn't functioning as intended. What would be nice would be for BOTH parties to sit down and get to work on a new proposal rather than putting down lines in the sand. While we understand rights vs. privileges, I expect that BOTH sides in Congress will work together for the benefit of their constituencies instead of solely re-acting to party positions. Folks can complain about the gang of 13, but where are the Democrats??? Time for elected officials to stop complaining, stop pointing fingers, and become part of the solution by working collectively on reasonable solutions. I really miss some of the historical pillars of Congress...on both sides of the isle.... who could and did work across party lines and make great things happen. Unfortunately, I do not see many current congressional office holders who have that skill or ambition.