Sitting at my post at The Raisin Farm, and this month’s issue of Texas Monthly* dropped into my lap. Not having anything else to do, I paged through it. One of the articles to catch my eye was bemoaning the state of the healthcare system.
Is the Healthcare System broken? Probably. The question that everyone should be asking is: “Why is the Healthcare System broken?”
Nobody ever asks that one.
It’s broken, Gentle Readers, because the Federal Government can’t resist dabbling its meathooks off in every conceivable aspect of it.
It’s broken, because the Federal Government decided to pass a law to make it better — and made it worse. Then — instead of getting rid of the idiot law that bolloxed things up — they passed another law and piled it on top of the first, flawed law.
Lo! This law, also, was badly flawed, and screwed the system up further. And — yet again — instead of getting rid of the legislation they had passed that made things worse, they passed more legislation, and piled that on top of the already crappy laws.
We’ve had decades of this. Hundreds of thousands of laws, most of which — if they fix anything at all — simply exacerbate the greater problems with the whole mess.
Anyone who genuinely wants to fix the healthcare system in this country needs to start with scrapping every law, regulation, and rule issuing forth from the Federal government. Every bloody one. Start with a blank slate at the Federal level.
Once we have a blank slate, for a period of about ten years, every time a Federal Congresscritter proposes new legislation to “fix” anything regarding healthcare, take him (or her) to the Capitol Reflecting Pool and lovingly hold their heads under the tranquil waters until the bubbling and thrashing stops.
Seriously. To the extent that the American healthcare system is broken, it’s only broken because idiot lawmakers just had to pass laws at the Federal level to “fix” issues at the State level, made the whole mess worse, then happily piled more idiot laws on top until what we’ve got is a groaning, creaking mess of Federal digital intrusion …
… And now well-meaning idiots are shrieking that the Healthcare system is “broken” and demanding that the idiots who broke it to begin with step in and “fix it”.
How about “No.” They’ve “fixed it” enough already.