Reflection on How Success is Achieved

America did not leap from primordial soup and go to the Moon. Our Country was built from the ground up on the backs of Pilgrims, Pioneers, Settlers, Farmers, Fur Traders, Explorers, Wagon Trains, Railroads, Industrialists, Bankers, Manufacturers and hard working honest Citizens. Henry Ford did not build a Ford Explorer but he built a foundation in the Model T. Our prosperity is built on continual improvement year after year.

That same principle restored Japan from the rubble and made the Country stronger than ever. Dr. William Deming went to Japan following World War II in order to teach industry leaders methods of Total Quality Control. He played an indispensable role in the development and revitalization of post-war Japan. There was a time when only the Japanese honored workers for stopping an assembly line to ensure quality. Eventually quality made its way to America and our cars were no longer ready for the scrap heap after 70,000 miles.

Our healthcare system didn’t sprang form a Petri Dish either. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. brought attention to unsanitary practices as the cause of many deaths, particularly during childbirth; he also suggested the term “anesthesia.” Major Walter Reed confirmed that mosquitoes caused Yellow Fever. Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant, Dr. Charles Best assisted in the discovery of insulin, Dr. George Goodfellow was the first trauma surgeon, Dr. Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, The Mayo Brothers founded the Mayo Clinic. The list goes on and on. We are also blessed with great devices such as CT Scans, Defibrillators, Pace Makers and all manner of Life Support systems.

Americans are, not only living longer, we are also enjoying a better quality of life. I often enjoy the company of a member of my club who is 98 years old, a retired surgeon with a full head of hair and a mind as sharp as a tack. During his career he saved countless lives, does he deserve healthcare or should it have been cutoff 25 years ago?

There were two major problems in medicine before Obamacare, the high cost of insurance and the high cost of malpractice lawsuits. Insurance bean counters are paid more than Doctors, state CEO’s are paid millions and they operate out of marble buildings. They also don’t ride the bus and stay in the Motel 6. It takes 9 years after college graduation to become a Surgeon, it takes 3 years to become a Lawyer. There are a couple of Doctors in Congress and there are scores, maybe hundreds of Lawyers. Maybe Lawyers will be able to operate on patients under Obamacare, I don’t know? Guess what, neither of these problems were even mentioned in Obamacare. Oops, almost forgot, Obama is a Lawyer.

The Obama Administration jumped on our healthcare system in the middle of the river like a ton of bricks. Not with the intention of making it better through constant improvement but with the intention of giving more control to government and unionized bureaucrats. The question is this: Will Obama drive Healthcare back to the Model T, the Horse and Buggy or to the Stone Age?



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