There’s Been a Change, All Right

Ummm… The phrase “change you can believe in” is starting to twist to a breaking point. In just one short month, look at the significant ways Obama is restructuring (or at least trying to restructure) our government and our culture:

  • Banking: We all know that we’re creeping up on nationalizing at least one of the banks… Right now, all eyes are on Citigroup. What’s next?
  • Census: Sure, shuffle the power of that puppy off to the Executive Branch. All the census does is control how votes are counted and influence the Electoral College.
  • Unemployment insurance:  OK all you governors… Want “Fed Bucks” for your cash-strapped states? Well here it is, and all you have to do is re-write your laws for now and forever concerning unemployment insurance. Whoopee!
  • Health care:  This one is tricky… Being a computer engineer, I was kind of mystified at the importance of this issue to Obama… Yeah, yeah, yeah… We can streamline our medical IT system and save a few billion… But in the scale of $53 trillion, what’s the big deal? Well here’s the big deal… According to former lieutenant governor of New York Betsy McCaughey,
  • But the [stimulus] bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).

This is serious stuff… One way that the federal government can rein in spending on Medicaid/Medicare/SS is to control the cost (and quality) of care provided… No I’m not talking “Soylent Green“, but this sure is spooky.

No matter what side of the political football you huddle on, there should be no disagreement that just one month ago, the game changed – our culture changed. And in a great many respects, the change has been harried and well-intentioned at the very best. Just listen to the TV… Over and over and over again, our leaders, financial experts, and media pundits ponder the change, and wonder if it’s all going to work. My God, even VP Biden gives the Stimulus Plan a 30% chance of failing.

Change you can believe in, or a change that takes a boatload of belief…

Break out the theremin…

Alan Speakman


One Response to There’s Been a Change, All Right

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    Here’s the concern:

    “the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective.”

    OK, I can understand if someone is paying for something, they’d want some oversight privilege. But that’s the problem in a nutshell. When has the government EVER been an authority in making sure ANYTHING was cost-effective? All the more reason to make sure the Health industry isn’t taken over by the government.

    Therein lies the problem nobody will talk about in polite circles because of political correctness. But here it is: When you have wreckless-spending politicians, looking to pad the pockets of lobbyists, “efficiency” isn’t in their vocabulary. But when you add to that equation a large portion of the American population so convinced the government owes them a living (including benefits), the pandering politicians will ALWAYS suck up to the voters and promise them the world.

    The other extreme is even more scary: Do we really want some pencil pushing bureaucrat making the decision as to whether or not giving a 55 year-old person a heart transplant is “cost effective?” I can hear it now: “Your claim for a transplant has been denied. Case studies indicate that 55 year-olds who have a heart transplant only live an additional 15 years on the average. Government guidelines established by ACORN now require at least a 20 year average life expectancy to qualify. Please die promptly. We have people waiting for your bed. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

    Oh yeah… this is “CHANGE WE CAN DIE WITH.”

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