STATING THE OBVIOUS

Considering how the majority of our legislators are, on average, at least in the top half of the country when it comes to intelligence and education, it’s stunning how collectively they behave like they have the intellect of a two-year-old. 

With the upset election in Massachusetts this past week the Democrats are slowly raising their heads, looking around, and blinking. “Oh, maybe we should slow down” is filtering into the insular political consciousness. I’m even beginning to see some of the obvious appear in print that seemed to elude the health care headlines for much of the debate. In an Associated Press article reprinted in my local newspaper Obama is cited as saying that new requirements on insurance companies couldn’t be done without getting many more people insured, i.e., ending the pre-existing conditions exclusion requires more universal enrollment to keep premiums from skyrocketing. As my daughters used to say when a few years younger, “Duh.” The Massachusetts electorate, which has a more universal health care system that they felt would be torn asunder by the federal plan, understands this. Is the Massachusetts system the answer? A very good (although slightly dated) discussion of this can be found here

If we take the slower, more deliberate approach to remodeling the health care system that it deserves, where should we start? And what needs to be done concurrently? I’ll address this in my next rant.

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One Response to “STATING THE OBVIOUS”

  1. honjii Says:

    Considering how the majority of our legislators are, on average, at least in the top half of the country when it comes to intelligence and education, it’s stunning how collectively they behave like they have the intellect of a two-year-old. Considering how the majority of our legislators are, on average, at least in the top half of the country when it comes to intelligence and education, it’s stunning how collectively they behave like they have the intellect of a two-year-old.

    I think you’re giving the majority of our legislators too much credit. What I hear from the mouths of many of those who should be our best and brightest leads me to the conclusion that if one is too intellectually challenged to do anything else, go into politics.

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