Sunday, December 29, 2013
New Year's Resolution for the Affordable Care Act
Health Reform is a bit like designing a highly advanced technological wonder such as the F22 Raptor or the discontinued F35 Raptor. Each one has several different renditions depending on it's branch of the service.
The U.S. Navy wants one for aircraft operations, the U.S. Army for field operations. Some models afford vertical take off and landing capability.
Many aircraft are taken through a design process, gradually evolving into prototypes, then a preliminary manufacturing run to test the product. Some fail at some step of the process, early or late. Billions of dollars are spent and the weapon is placed on a shelf somewhere near Area 51 to gather dust, or recycled for expensive composites. At times all that is left are drawings stored on a computer. During the process the product often does not make it to fruition. However during the development much is learned, and what may often happen is the information is used elsewhere.
My first resolution is to not be so negative about the ACA. True it is more than a health reform law, with many ideas that are proposed by ideologues intent upon restructuring the U.S. economy and social structures. True it flaunts many constitutional guarrantees and freedom is threatened by it.
My second resolution is to ignore constitutional issues and focus on the inherent flaws of the law, and it's ignorance of how health care economics truly works.
My third resolution is to contact my Democratic Congressman to convince him of the errors of his party. Despite being a democrat he needs to vote his own beliefs. Also I will not vote for him based upon his vote for the Affordable Care Act.
The Obama administration has become a personality cult with a leader who spends more time campaigning and vacationing. We hear little about his day to day Oval Office routines.
The Affordable Care Act may be the law, however there have been many laws that were rescinded, such as the Prohibition Act ( Constitutional Amendments 18 & 21 ).
It's time to stop the design process and to put on hold any further production of this model. The design is obviously still in process as evidenced by the frequent unilateral executive orders regarding mandates.
Any program manager would stop and assess the unexpected bumps in the road before the entire plan goes over the cliff.
Aeronautical engineers usually take a step by step process...start the engines after testing them offsite, taxi down and back the runway, take off, check the gear, return and land. At this point an evaluation takes place before the major launch.
Some engineering projects test each component separately before constructing the final machine, others go for broke and launch all at once. This last idea has a high risk of failure but often costs less (if it works)
It is painfully obvious which plan was chosen by 'our leaders'.