Here’s my solution


In preface, a few words on government spending.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, fellow citizens, that those who criticize governmental largesse have a single complaint when Uncle Sam opens up his wallet for them, or for things they think are important – that good ol’ Unc isn’t shelling out enough.

With the above in mind, I thought I’d take a crack at solving the health care impasse that has brought business in Washington to a screeching halt.

As I see it, the concern about Obamacare is that some people don’t want to be required to get insurance, and/or they resent paying, through taxes or otherwise, for someone else’s medical bills. Especially for those people. You know what I mean.

They want the freedom to opt out.

I think that’s a swell idea.

I don’t like paying for so-called “free riders” either. Those that can afford it, I mean. I believe in what used to be called good old fashioned Christian charity for those who need a little helping hand.

So here’s my solution to the crisis.

Everyone gets to choose if they want to participate or not. One chance. No do overs. In or out, now and forever.

Those who know, with utter certainty, that they don’t have a genetic timebomb ticking away, that no one is going to cough in their face and infect them with a life threatening disease, that a drunk driver isn’t going to cross over the centerline, that they’re never going to grow old and infirm and end up in a nursing home, that they’ll never become injured or ill in a workplace mishap, that their employer will always provide them with insurance, that the economic climate won’t change resulting in their company going under, that the firm they work for won’t be bought out by a vulture capitalist who eliminates their health care, that they won’t get sick or hurt and lose their job and insurance, that the health coverage they count on in retirement won’t suddenly end, or any of a thousand and one other tragedies that happen to someone every single day of the year, those who absolutely know they’re invincible and they’ll always have insurance, can decide to go it alone.

Now to make this work, medical providers also need to make a choice. When those who opt out can’t pay their bills, they can refuse services or, if they continue to help them, can’t pass on the costs, it has to come out of the hospitals bottom line or the doctor’s pocket. I think we all know how that’d go. And if it means you don’t get life-saving care, oh well.

‘Cause we sure wouldn’t want to infringe on your freedom.

The closing quotation goes to the last great American president, comparing his administration to that of his predecessor, while simultaneously answering criticism of his efforts to provide assistance to those in dire need.

“Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1936).

Brian Johnson