Rich Galen

A century or so ago, someone wrote that the financial system of Great Britain was so complex that only two people understood it: The Chancellor of the Exchequer and a minor clerk in the Bank of England … and they didn't agree.

That's where we are with America's health care system.

The current system isn't working. Anyone who has to pay for their own insurance will attest to that. As the economy continues to struggle, more and more companies are having to choose between payroll and health insurance. That means more Americans are falling into the uninsured category and they don't like it.

We've heard for decades that it was the health insurance for auto workers, especially retired auto workers, which was dragging U.S. car manufacturers into bankruptcy. Maybe so. Health insurance appears to be dragging the entire country into bankruptcy. Especially as those of us who belong to that pesky "baby boomer" generation continue to age.

In fact, Cici Connelly, reporting in the Washington Post wrote: Polls show that senior citizens are more skeptical about health-care reform than any other age group.

We've got some really smart people in the United States. Really smart people who are not ideologues and who can figure out a system which works for almost all of us.

No system will work for everyone. As we've discussed here before, perfection is a religious, not a political, concept.

The Congress should bring as many experts as they can find to Washington and ask them come up with a system which works best for most people.

They won't, more's the pity. We are in a period of political gotcha where seeking partisan advantage is much more important than solving serious problems.

Health care will be delayed beyond the President's deadline. But we can't delay it forever.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at