And on the political front, you may as well think of this new program as the fourth rail of American politics. If you thought that suggestions of changes to Social Security were met with scorn, imagine how difficult it will be for future generations of fiscally responsible candidates to run on platforms of government sanity in spending when the majority of Americans rely solely on the government for life-and-death healthcare decisions and our private insurance industry is shattered.
Our current system has its problems, but we have the freedom to solve those, carefully. If we rush towards President Obama's bloated plan, the seemingly necessary resulting tax hikes may very well cause greater damage to our already fragile economy. Furthermore, we'll be forever tying ourselves to an inefficient, unstable system which will drain our wallets and smother quality health care in this country.
Secretary Geithner's suggestion of tax increases, the president's backtrack, the conflicting noise coming from Congress, the hyped urgency -- all of this only serves to demonstrate just how chaotic, and downright lost, this administration's approach to policy making continues to be. It's time for President Obama to get off the campaign trail and begin the hard work of governing with tangible, understandable solutions made in the full light of reality. I only wish I was more convinced he was up to the challenge.