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Fixin' Healthcare

Monday, February 12, 2007

Transformation Of Healthcare - Follow The Goal

Political expediency and short-term solutions for critical problems are expensive. But, more than the expense is the danger that optimal solutions may become unreachable. Cultures have failed and disappeared because they could not accept or recognize optimal solutions to critical problems.

For example, growing corn to produce ethanol for fuel may be a good idea for small midwestern towns but it remains to be seen if that will be good for the country. There is no conceivable way ethanol is more than a stop-gap measure for energy. Meanwhile, people are not prepared for the measures that need to be considered.

Can the federal government be expected to provide a solution for health care. There are some good programs supported by the federal government but grid lock has set in for anything other than more of the same. Health insurance is popular but that will not change outcomes. The states and communities can accomplish more in the way of elevating health status.

It all comes back to education, attitudes and behavior. When all is said and done, those are local issues. The best the federal government can do is support state initiatives and assist with maintaining effective programs.

Goal is more precious than gold.

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