Healthcare Reform Has a Different Meaning to Politicians

When I first heard the phrase “Healthcare Reform” used in earnest, I thought, “At last, someone is really thinking. This will raise standards in the US.”

Unfortunately, my idea of Healthcare Reform is nothing like what the politicians think when they say those same two words.

I was thinking “lower costs,” “no health-caused bankruptcies,” “better control over bad doctors,” “control of malpractice suits,” “no ridiculous lawsuits where only the lawyers win,” “nobody refused care.” I even thought there might be a tie-in to immigration reform, to send illegals back where they came from.

The politicians, on the other hand, think “how can I reward my supporters,” “how can I get more campaign funds,” “how can I get more votes,” “how can I leverage this to my advantage and disadvantage my opponent,” “how can I benefit,” “how can I make it look like I’m doing something,” “what’s my excuse for not reading the bill,” “how much pork can I add.”

It seems that a lot of people, democrats and republicans alike, understand that anytime the politicians stick their fingers or noses into something, a mess usually results.

I’ve recently watched some town hall videos, where Americans voiced their opinions and the politicians didn’t have an answer. I expected they would go away, get answers and come back, ready for a debate. But that isn’t the way they operate. Because they didn’t win that argument, their answer is to hide from their constituents, blaming their poor showing on “organized opposition,” and vowing not to show their faces until another massive bill is written, not read, and passed.

In healthcare, President Obama acts as a Democrat Senator, pointing fingers, backing his team, blasting opponents, rather than being inclusive, listening to concerns and showing leadership.

I have no expectation that this will end well.

Alan Gray is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NewsBlaze Daily News and other online newspapers. He prefers to edit, rather than write, but sometimes an issue rears it’s head and makes him start hammering away on the keyboard.

Content Expertise

Alan has been on the internet since it first started. He loves to use his expertise in content and digital marketing to help businesses grow, through managed content services. After living in the United States for 15 years, he is now in South Australia. To learn more about how Alan can help you with content marketing and managed content services, contact him by email.

Technical Expertise

Alan is also a techie. His father was a British soldier in the 4th Indian Division in WWII, with Sikhs and Gurkhas. He was a sergeant in signals and after that, he was a printer who typeset magazines and books on his linotype machine. Those skills were passed on to Alan and his brothers, who all worked for Telecom Australia, on more advanced signals (communications). After studying electronics, communications, and computing at college, and building and repairing all kinds of electronics, Alan switched to programming and team building and management.

He has a fascination with shooting video footage and video editing, so watch out if he points his Canon 7d in your direction.