This is an open letter to Conservatives and Republicans, which are not necessarily one and the same these days. And also to the growing number of Liberals and Democrats who have joined the hue and cry against what has happened to our healthcare, which, by the way, was never broken in the first place.
As evidenced by the number of foreigners who come to the United States for health care. Further, evidenced when a hospital in Charlotte, Carolina HealthCare System, had so many Middle Eastern patients they bought a hotel close by and trained people to deal with a culture that often brings multiple wives.
But, before that let’s take a seemingly diversion, but it is not.
In 1973 there was an oil crisis in the United States which led to increased gas prices and shortages. Basically, it began with an embargo by OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.) They banned oil exports to the US and reduced the supply of oil about 5 percent to many other countries. Most believe it was punishment for countries that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War.
Reacting, rather than acting, Congress passed a law lowering the nationwide speed limit to 55. Which came to be known as the “double-nickel” speed limit. This gas shortage lasted for, as I remember, about ten years.
When the oil crisis subsided, how did they fix it? Congress passed a new law allowing states to, again, set their own speed limits. There was no repeal discussed and no wringing of hands on how to undo the past. They passed a new law that sat of top of the other law and superseded it.
So, what does this have to do with Obama’s health care takeover?
There has been much rhetoric about repealing it. Many politicians ran their campaigns on doing just that. The problem with using those kinds of words is it sets up a negative that is not necessary. Many people have an emotional investment in the President, whoever holds the office. And, no one wants to be reminded of bad decisions. That’s why it’s hard to unseat an incumbent. Also, to undo a 33,000 page law is virtually impossible. As any of us who have spent time in sales and marketing know it’s hard to sell a negative.
They should take a page from Henry J, “The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” — Henry Ford.
My suggestion for the Republican controlled Congress is to never mention Obamacare again. Instead, come up with a new law that lays out what their vision is for health care in this country. Then sell it on its own merits. It is not to repeal anything, it’s a new bill. And, if it is passed by all three branches of our government, it “sits on top” of the old Obamacare law and prevails. Then we can put this “Double-Nickel Obamacare” out to pasture. Or spread it around to make our grass grow.