Monthly Archives: February 2011

17 days and counting –

I have been working on a bit of a project.  I’ve made a few facebook status updates in regards to this, but it’s probably time to let this one out of the bag.

You see I have a theory.  A theory about motivation, getting things done, and “bucket lists”.  This theory is not a new one, but one that has been around for a long time.  The theory of procrastination:

“Why do today, what you can put off until next week?” – (Unknown)

Well, to be honest, I really just don’t know who said it … and it may have just been me right there that coined it.  The fact is that many of us have some kind of idea about things we would like to do, want to do, or be able to tell our grand-kids about.  These are silly, meaningful, make-a-difference, life-changing, or personal things.  Regardless, these things exist in our lives right now whether we admit them or not.  The problem is, that we many times think that today isn’t that time. Continue reading

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On President’s Day –

I just wanted to share with you today some words from then president Woodrow Wilson, included in the front cover of army-issued New Testament Bibles during World War I (28 July, 1917):

“The Bible is the word of life.  I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourselves, –read, not little snatches here or there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of it.  you will find it full of real men and women not only but also of the things you have wondered about and been troubled about all your life, as men have been always; and the more you read the more it will become plain to you what things are worth while and what are not, what things make men happy, –loyalty, right dealing, speaking the truth, readiness to give everything for what they think their duty, and, most of all, the wish that they may have the approval of the Christ, who gave everything for them, –and the things that are guaranteed to make men unhappy, –selfishness, cowardice, greed, and everything that is low and mean.  When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own Duty.”

-Woodrow Wilson


Special Agent Oso on Health Care Reform –

My kids love Special Agent Oso.  For those that don’t know, he’s a little yellow bear that looks like this:

and for each episode he is given a problem to solve, and miraculously, is able to do so in “three simple steps”.  These can range from tying his shoes, to throwing a ball, to eating with chopsticks.  All vital skills, and ones that any small child should be aware.  I will be using this principle to explain how to fix our healthcare woes (well, at least legislatively.  I have other creative ideas that the private sector could do to decrease cost).

Three simple steps:

Step 1: Allow people to buy health insurance across state lines. That’s right.  This isn’t actually possible right now.  Ever wonder why your insurance card says Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Tennessee? That’s right.  Except for some situations, most insurance companies are prohibited from doing this.  Many folks only have a limited selection of options for their health care which limits competition, and increases cost.  More competition for your business as the health care consumer, the better deal (and maybe customer service) you will get.  Don’t believe me?  Go take a look at your auto insurance.

Step 2: Let people freely associate. Your company gets a decent deal on health insurance because it can bring a large pool of buyers to the insurance company.  Why is this only for businesses?  Why can’t the civitan, BSA, or Methodists, or Agnostics, or cat lovers, or any random iteration of people grouping form an association to gain decreased cost for health coverage, that is not tied to a job?  (While we’re at it, and this is only a private sector suggestion – companies out there reading my blog … and I know there are so many… stop buying the insurance, and provide the coverage as a voucher.  Let me buy my own plan, and if you are going to pay “X” dollars, let me decide where I want it to go).

Step 3: Cover the uninsurables. Granted, this is the thing that gets most people about this issue.  What about the people that can’t get affordable insurance?  In my very humble opinion, options one and two might be enough reduction in regulation to make it possible for people who were previously uninsurable to actually get coverage.  If that’s not enough, the alternative is simple.  An independent study group can go back 20 years and looks at all the cases of insurance denials, and create a small, yet concise list of issues that would be “uninsurable” from a private sector.  Then, once the diagnosis is confirmed by X number of independent practitioners, let the person qualify for medicaid or medicare.  The number of people in that category is infinitesimal to the millions projected to be added to government insurance rolls once this new Act comes into full effect.

There you go.  Sure it won’t solve all the problems, but it does a lot more in a lot fewer words than what we have staring us down now.