There is no question that in order to overhaul the health care system, the nation will be facing a long process of change, unrest, fears and doubts.
The message about health care reform has been filtering through to every American since way back when, but was brought to the forefront of the nation’s conscience when the President emphatically indicated that health care reform will not wait another year.
The year is passing slowly and the reforms continue to be put into place. There is still a long way to go, but looking from the bottom up, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. It’s true the health care system is broken and has needed a good overhaul for far too many years to even remember. However, over those years politicians preferred to stick with the devil they knew, rather than the devil they didn’t.
The devil they knew was the bloated and struggling health organism that was spiraling out of control and on the verge of what could only be a monumental crash. But, it was easier to leave it alone than to try and find the money to fix it.
The devil they didn’t know was the one that had innovative ideas to change the face of the existing structure; cut back spending in strategic areas; start to make health care available to all; and continue to chip at a system that needed to be kicked around the block to get it moving and functional again.
Right now the devil is still the one not many people know and that devil is working to reduce the costs of health care, making it a priority to protect people’s choices and trying to ensure there will be quality health care. Not only does that make sense, it even looks like it might be accomplished in slow and careful increments. Reform may indeed be on the horizon.
Interestingly, reform has been a major topic of discussion for the nation since Harry Truman, and just as ironic is the fact that the same reason “not” to do health care reform is still being cited today: the nation can’t afford it. More to the point is can the nation afford not to do it? The answer to that question is that no, ultimately the nation “must” reform health care in order to survive and thrive.
The real enemy standing in the way of health care reform is the big insurance companies whose main reason to be is to make money by selling health insurance. The government isn’t the one in the way between you and your doctor; the insurance companies are, and they are there for the profit.