As the Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare rolls out in spits and sputters, the legal, economic, social, political, and medical firestorms rage. It seems, however, that there is a deeper moral question at work here.
On-Purpose Business Minutes aren't political in nature. They're intended to get you below the surface at strategic issues that touch our lives and influence our thinking. By design, my goal is often to disturb your thinking in a manner that gets you closer to the root of the matter—to the purpose. Until you know the purpose, you can't align your life to be on-purpose.
My jaw dropped in stunned amazement as I heard Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz make the following statement on the November 22, 2009, ABC News broadcast of This Week With George Stephanopoulos. The following quotation from Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's comments can be found in context at this link in the show transcript.
"I hope we can all agree that we have to get rid of the profit-driven, insurance company-driven health insurance system that we have, where it's insurance company bureaucrats, Senator Coburn, that are getting in between patients and their doctors.
"To suggest that this (healthcare reform) bill will put government in between patients and their doctors is really disingenuous ..."
Nothing has changed since 2009! Her comments are important because they reflect the crux of so much of the debate in the U.S. over healthcare reform, different points of view, and the failure to address core principles reflected in policy making. This is a classic case of arguing sentiment over underlying values and structure. Read between the lines of what she is saying here about free enterprise, economics, and so forth. Ask yourself if this represents healthcare reform or a reflection of an underlying philosophy or ignorance of the free enterprise system that created the amazing medical community in the United States.
Here's where I fall out on the matter ... Yes, it is not only fair to profit off of a sick person—it is essential to the health of greater society.
The profit motive fuels the engine of creativity. Entrepreneurs and business people are like economic ants swarming to find a strategic, market, or price crack to gain access to customers. In some corners, this behaviour is seen as being unsavory and disingenuous, and greedy. On the other hand, the profit motive fuels cost reductions, stimulates product/service enhancements, and drives down costs to the consumer in total. Free enterprise creates freedoms in a free society.
Profit is a reason the USA has the greatest medical delivery system in the world. Yes, reforms may be needed, but to alter the balance of the economics so radically poses the greatest threat to the health of our citizens, especially the next generations.
If we really want to improve healthcare and lower insurance costs, here's the Kevin W. McCarthy Solution: 70% of Americans are overweight. Let's encourage every American to take personal responsibility for what they put in their mouth and get to a healthy weight. The so-called crisis will be over. Doctors will be able to practice acute care medicine instead of wasting their time and talent fixing self-inflicted "wounds."
Let's stop rewarding wrong behavior and focus on the true contributor to our healthcare manufactured crisis. Personal responsibility matters deeply in health and well-being. Sluffing off the cost of our bad decisions on our neighbors isn't loving them, yet we're expecting them to love us by underwriting our obesity.
The greatest "pork" in ObamaCare isn't in the bill itself—although it is massive. The real "pork" is in the people who are weighting down the economy with self-inflicted diseases of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, cholesterol, and worse. What these diseases lead to are strokes, heart attacks, cancers, and premature disability and death.
Do you love your country? Then, get healthy! Stop the slow killing of yourself starting today. If you can't do it on your own, then get help.
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