Archive for November, 2013

Dealing with Loved Ones

November 21, 2013

If you believe that someone you love is doing something that will bring them serious harm, what do you do? You recognize, assuming they are adult, their absolute right of self-determination. You recognize their beliefs don’t align with your own. For that matter, an ever-growing number of peoples’ opinions on the matter don’t even come close to yours. They used to. But, not these days. Your way of looking at it is deemed outdated and old fashioned at best. We’ll leave less charitable assessments for later. Still, you don’t see it ending well. You even recognize that you are looking much further down the road than they have even considered; perhaps further than your loved-one may think matters. Do you mind your own business? How convinced are you of a negative outcome? How negative to you think the outcome is likely to be? How permanent? You know from observation that the other is highly invested in the track they are on. You know from past experience that effective persuasion on the subject is mostly already countered by a made-up mind. You easily understand how convictions work; you have your own. So, what do you do?


Work it Out

November 16, 2013

I have a plan. The plan involves the doctors who are being dropped as approved providers from the “Obama care” rolls by the various insurance companies. The plan also involves the individuals who are being notified daily that their now “illegal” plans are being cancelled by their various insurance companies who doing their best to figure out what the unintelligible “Obama care” legislation means. It’s not just the two thousand-odd pages of the original bill; it’s the tens of thousands of pages of unaccountable bureaucratic “regulations” authorized under the original bill. The Congress doesn’t know what it means. We aren’t meant to know what it means. The aim is to make it clear that if you want to live, you need to kowtow to the establishment.
We have thousands of doctors who are being booted out of the system.
We have hundreds of thousands of individuals who are being booted out of the system.
The system is corrupt.
So, my plan:
Let the thousands of doctors who are booted out of the system and the hundreds of thousands who are without insurance eschew the corrupt system. Let the booted doctors take in the cancelled individuals as regular customers. Let them pay in cash, or chickens, or whatever the two of them can agree upon. Let the free market consisting of these two rejected groups set the going rate. Let those who have been rejected by the government-approved system rejoice. The real problem is the notion that anyone should follow the ridiculous government plan. Just don’t do it.
Think back to the endless hours you have spent trying to satisfy the inscrutable rules of your insurance company. What were you trying to accomplish? Simply to retrieve some of the dollars you had previously paid in to them to cover a necessary medical charge.
What about you doctors? How have you set your rates? Have you not set a rate higher than would be necessary if the insurance companies/government paid the actual costs of the service for all your customers?
To me, this looks like a golden opportunity. The government has created a system that has excluded many. Embrace the rejection. Forget the government. Create a reasonable market.