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Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Our Gangrene Government

In #TCOT, Education, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Public Schools, The Mob on March 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

How did it get this bad?

Festering disease catches up with you. Whether it be  in a relationship, your own health, or budget deficits–if you don’t pay attention to the problem you end up with gangrene.

Governmental waste and the habit of ignoring problems have become too typical of  governmental leadership by unqualified, hyped-politicians who were elected because of momentum and not because of substance. We are now seeing the effects of allowing overspending to maturate.

In today’s New York Times article , discussing the Kansas City School system’s decision to close over 2 dozen schools, they cite the growing problem of ignoring the money issue in government:

The sudden move suggests a depth of dysfunction here that is rarely associated with Kansas City, a lively heartland town with a reputation for order. But a closer look at the school board’s recent history reveals a chaotic, almost nonfunctioning body that put off making tough choices and even routine improvements for generations. Experts said that in the board’s years of inaction is a cautionary tale for school districts everywhere.

Where is government oversight? With the people. It should have been. It should be.

“This is extraordinary,” said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a research group in Washington. “The school board was dysfunctional for years. There was very poor governance for a long period of time, and it was like a revolving door with superintendents.”

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, just a couple of schools face this dilemma. Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne facing closure due to budgetary constraints on the district.  With all of it’s failings, at least the Fort Wayne Community Schools is addressing a problem before more than a couple have to be dismantled.

Detroit’s blight can be blamed on the same disease…Gangrene Government.

How do you fix gangrene?

Urgent evaluation and treatment. In general, dead tissue should be removed to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection. Depending on the area that has the gangrene, the person’s overall condition, and the cause of the gangrene, treatment may include:

  • Amputating the body part that has gangrene (get rid of the board responsible for overspending)
  • An emergency operation to find and remove dead tissue (budget cuts)
  • An operation to improve blood supply to the area (new plan of action)
  • Repeated operations to remove dead tissue (debridement) (don’t let go of the problem)
  • Treatment in the intensive care unit (for severely ill patients) (prosecute)

This is one disease Indiana State Government is not in danger of having, so long as they stay fiscally conservative and continue with attention to details of the budget constraints. The Democrats in Washington should pay attention to our scenario instead of coming up with more massive gangrene spending.

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Mitch Daniels champions the individual

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First on March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

The free market. Self determination. Control over your own money……Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels hit the nail on the head when it comes to the future of healthcare dollars. Individual determination of healthcare dollars spent is successful.

In an Op-Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal today, Daniels illustrates how the free market is supposed to work–yes, even in healthcare. Seems like a simple idea; one which should be easy to implement, but probably won’t because it takes control of the almighty dollar away from the government.

When given the choice, a staggering 70% of Indiana State employees chose to determine their own destiny. Imagine that.

The HSA option has proven highly popular. This year, over 70% of our 30,000 Indiana state workers chose it, by far the highest in public-sector America. Due to the rejection of these plans by government unions, the average use of HSAs in the public sector across the country is just 2%.

Not only are employees determining where their dollar goes, but it is good for the state:

The state is saving, too. In a time of severe budgetary stress, Indiana will save at least $20 million in 2010 because of our high HSA enrollment. Mercer calculates the state’s total costs are being reduced by 11% solely due to the HSA option.

Daniels goes on to say how people who use their own money, cut costs and do not cause a detriment to their own health. What a concept. Free market, control of your own money, and what do you get?…. A positive outcome.

As the healthcare debate continues to drag on, with intentions of ‘bettering America’, one thing becomes clear: Self determination of individual dollars is the only thing that shows promising signs of success.

Kudos to Daniels who champions the individual.

(For more reading on HSA’s and positive healthcare reform, check this interesting article from Dr. Robert E. Moffit, Director of the Center for Healthcare Studies at the Heritage Foundation)