My apologies for being absent for a while. After a lot of travel to push ALM at different locations, I returned home to assist my wife in readying for major surgery this Monday the 31st of August to clear blockage from her Aerota, and put stints in her two legs so she can walk without pain again.
That brings up another point, why or how does health care reform parallel leadership and leader development? Well, it does. My fear is as our government gets larger and larger, that the responsibility for people’s actions or their decisions are taken from the individual to a larger, removed group of people disinterested or removed from impacts of those decisions on the individual. People become more dependent on the goverment for everything, simplier and simplier decisions get pushed higher. What does this do to leadership and our society?
Well, it diminishes risk taking, people become more risk averse, just look at the way the use of “red lights” in place of smart traffic management has killed driver initiative, as well as made most of us dumber drivers. On a bigger note, my fear of health care reform, the approach that the President is taking, is that people are getting divorced from their own care and responsibility for their own care. They do not pay for the decisions they make.
Obesity is a dangerous example. A recent report, and I don’t have the link, confirmed my fear. That more governmental control of health decisions will mean more fat asses out there. People will be more divorced for paying for their bad decisions if the government can step in and pay for your mistakes (they don’t pay for it, we all do). It also discourages initiative on those who do work hard. Why do I work hard to pay taxes to pay for the “fat ass that is sitting or laying on the couch stuffing his mouth with crystal creams.
I get the Altantic Monthly, thanks to my friend James Fallow. I love the magazine. But this month, I read, yesterday, in the waiting room while my wife was being tested for her surgery, the best article I have read on health care reform, called “How American Health Care Killed My Father” by David Goldhill.
In sum David says that the current system and its proposed reforms, encourage the wrong kind of initiatives, to the insurance companies, while ignoring customer services, discourages competition (think of this as free play force on force exercises), encourages all the wrong actions, as will get worse under the proposed reforms. Again, I think the President means well, but too much compromise. The system, as David says, needs reform, but in a totall different direction. It needs to put health care back in the hands of the individual, while encouraging competition to manage costs.
Look forward toward you comments.