Facial Rejuvenation in just … Er…How Obama Lost the Health Reform Initiative
Posted Sat, Nov 14, 2009

President Obama lost his initiative to reform health care in the United States when he abandoned his Midwest political base. As difficult as it is for Americans to understand the health care debate over the past year, it is virtually impossible for non-Americans to understand what has transpired. Consider the following:
• The United States is the only country in the industrialized world without universal health care
• In the United States 1 out of 3 Americans have no health insurance or are inadequately insured
Therefore it stands that the United States needs health care reform in order to:
• Provide access to health care for all Americans
• Reduce the escalating cost of health care which threatens to bankrupt the nation
• Improve health care outcomes in the United States
President Obama decided that the road to achieving these goals was to align himself with the West Coast liberals led by Nancy Pelosi at the expense of the more conservatively oriented Midwest voters. Consider that:
• The President owed his election to independent voters; non-aligned with the liberal faction of the Democratic party
• The President chose to support the wish list of the Trial Lawyers Association and lobbyists for medical insurance companies and hospital organizations
The President had a real opportunity to gain the support of the majority of United States citizens who are characterized by independent voters and Midwest political views if he had embraced:
• A program to reduce waste in the medical economic system now instead of advocating no change in the system until he gets the legislation he wants
• Eliminate purchasing of health insurance by employers and return the responsibility to the individual as it is with auto insurance, home insurance, etc. The burden on small business cripples the single largest source of economic growth in our country.
• Tort reform which would reduce the economic burden on the system from punitive damages
• Insurance company competition to provide adequate insurance. Citizens should be able to purchase health insurance from any state in the Union.
• Federal licensing of physicians and hospitals which would better insure uniformity of care and eliminate state by state profiteering
The President went down to defeat when he barely passed his politically biased package through the House of Representatives. There is virtually no chance he will achieve victory in the Senate. The stock market knows this. It is predicting a deadlock between the executive and legislative branches and there is little time for the President to re-group.
Next week: Facial rejuvenation in only 4 days.
Edward Lack MD

Edward Lack
Edward Lack MD is a board certified dermatologist and a board certified dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. He is President and Medical Director of MetropolitanMD, a multispecialty cosmetic surgery center in Chicago,which is unique in having a double board certified cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, and a double board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Lack is also the Past President of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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