Before I start, a simple letter to all politicians in Washington–SHAME ON YOU! To shut down the government. You are all criminals in my mind. I urge everyone to vote out the incumbent in the next election.
My dad came into town this weekend. I love talking politics with him. We come up with some great ideas together. We are both moderates, though he leans conservative and I lean liberal. So it makes for ACTUAL bipartisan discussions. The topic of health care was inevitable.
Let me begin by saying we both believe in health care is essential for civilized society. The form in which it is taking may or may not be good for our government. However, I believe there are better options. So let me lay down a couple of my basic beliefs.
- Corporations left unregulated will not regulate themselves. They will cause more damage to society than if they were regulated, and they while still prosper.
- The Federal government is too large to effectively manage most public services. Better that they should compartmentalize and focus primarily on regulation.
It wasn't my dad who sold me on the idea of States rights. It was common sense gained from running my own business. Heck, I learned it just as much from my own family. It works best if you divide duties up in your household.
Think for a moment of your own family. Are you a single person? You probably know what I mean. You have to take care of laundry, do the dishes, make dinner, pickup around the house, mows the yard, vacuum the floors, etc.
Next you get married. One person does the laundry, makes the dinner, mows the yard. Another does the dishes, vacuums the house, cleans the dishes.
Now there are TWO people doing the work of one at the start. It was a LOT of work in the beginning. It's gotten easier.
The federal government has a LOT of housework to do. So lets break up some of those duties into 50 states. Those 50 states can break up those duties into X number of counties. Those counties can break up duties into Y number of cities. And so on…
Makes sense, doesn't it? All of a sudden those Federal duties are not so expensive, not so time consuming, not so threatening as they were under a one giant government.
Now some duties you can't. The Federal government should manage the military. But healthcare? Can we break down health care?
I believe we can. We pass it to the States. They manage it.
Of course, then you get to Alabama and Mississippi, fairly poor states. (Birmingham, AL just declared bankruptcy thanks to crooked politicians). How do you manage stuff then?
That's where the Federal government comes in and regulates. Then the congressional politicians don't have to fight over healthcare. Instead they fight over regulations of healthcare. Each State is responsible for offering their own degree of healthcare. The Federal government just sets the minimum and enforces it. Much like it does with emissions testing and whatnot.
Of course, enforcement just raises other issues, but it moves us a wee bit closer to a more effective government… one that is manageable.
At least, that's what I think. I'd love to hear your thoughts too. Post 'em below.