On Health Care Negotiations

Some have wondered why I haven’t written much about the health care issue currently being negotiated in Congress. Here’s my 7-point explanation.

  1. This issue is both complex and important, thus requires serious study.
  2. The White House has been vigorously pushing its agenda since taking office. I’ve tried to keep in touch with topics, but I can’t keep up with everything. Thus to be honest, I haven’t given this issue the time and energy it deserves.
  3. Speaking of the White House, so much seems to be in rush mode. As I’ve noted before, sometimes I wonder what’s more important: getting something passed or getting it right? To me, this “rush mode” has caused me to lose some faith in President Obama.
  4. As I’ve written many times before, I don’t trust Pelosi-led legislation. I know it’s the nature of politics, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it or even accept it.
  5. I lack confidence and trust in both parties at the moment. I’m sure they are members of both parties who are really trying to build something together, but they face opposition from both the left and the right.
  6. The amount of lobbying money on this issue must be staggering. The number of TV ads I’ve seen the past several weeks is amazing. To be honest, I just can’t by into the fear and distortions that each side creates.
  7. As an organization, government is inefficient. That’s not a partisan take, but a reality. On the other hand, it has the power for sustainable change. So then what?

In other words, what a mess in a time of need!