Richard Olivastro

Over the years, the nips and tucks made to the health care system have largely been encroachments that impinge on the patient-doctor relationship, take decisions away from individuals, and place them in the hands of insurance companies and government regulators.

In each of those instances, the decisions and actions by government were wrong.

It is unfortunate that President Obama’s definition of reform is more of the same – much, much more.

To paraphrase last fall’s campaign slogan, such a path is not “change you can (or should) believe in”.

Now, the chattering classes are ripe with those offering advice to Mr. Obama to move to the middle, as Bill Clinton did after his failed health care grab. If he does move, Obama will likely get what he wants – placing the country on the risky path he seems determined to take us. Then, we can expect to get another evasive political tap dance called a presidential press conference.

Instead, what Americans want, and our country needs, are public servants who practice the direct, clear and concise communications characteristics of real leaders.

If Mr. Obama were to move deliberately and completely to a policy position that maximizes individual freedom, personal choice and health care independence for all citizens, he would transcend partisan politics, special group interests and markers on the ideological spectrum.

As a result, there would be no need to evade any questions, from anyone, at any time.

At the subsequent press conference, the President’s words would flow fluidly, and extemporaneously, because his new policy position would be based on principles… of the American Founding.

Richard Olivastro

Richard Olivastro is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, president of People Dynamics, an executive leadership development company, and founder of Citizens For Change.
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