It’s hard for me to think of this particular day as being new for anything; in my spriritual practice I follow the astronomical year and therefore Dec 21 was officially the end of the 2008 as far as I am concerned. But — I live in a society that thinks in terms of arbitrary days and therefore I wish you all a happy Jan 1, 2009!
I have not one but three drafts for this blog in my saved folder, but I have simply been too busy with overtime, deck building/permit drama, and holiday season stuff to actually get to them. Maybe now I can do so; this is a good time of year for settling in with hot tea and my knitting needles, or in this case the computer. 🙂
The topic of discussion at work last night was how many more years will the ER system continue to function? I was surprised to find that several of the doctors actually think that within 10 years at most our hospital system as we now know it will be completely gone.
I have to admit, I don’t give it even that long with the economy the way it’s going. Much of the most intensive users of the hospital system are people on Medicare and Medicaid of some sort and those people don’t generally pay taxes — and the taxes they did pay are used up usually within the first two years of them retiring…leaving the rest of us taxpayers to foot the bill for their further care. Now I do believe that as a society we have an obligation to the vulnerable among us, but when do you say enough is enough, there has to be some to go around for all? The government gets taxes from people who are working. We’re supposed to lose -what?- a million more jobs this year possibly?
The American Way of Life (TM) is unsustainable and contributes to a whole host of ills, (pun intended) including the mess we find ourselves in regarding medical care — if you can’t stay in one place, you can’t develop a support network ; you can’t develop a relationship with a healthcare provider who really knows you and your particular problems, both medical and whatever else; and you can’t really be well served in the system as it is; nor can you really effectively serve others. We have to make some changes.
I hope that Obama realizes that healthcare should be one of the TOP issues on his list of things to do, else whatever else he does is destined to have less than the desired effect on our citizens.
I also hope that he realizes that investing hugely in ROADS as infrastructure rather than sewage, electric grids, water supply, etc — including thinking of our healthcare system as part of our infrastructure — is doomed to fail.
Ok. Enough of the happiness and light for one morning. I’m off to work.