What The Political Solution Is Not

Republicans, open about their objectives, have always claimed that it should not be the responsibility of government to provide a safety net. Offering instead opportunity based on providing an atmosphere which stresses competitive equality with a strong private sector and small structured federal government to monitor “society.” Low taxes and less restricting laws that allow a fertile atmosphere for growth. According to them, “government should help one create and sustain their own safety net, rather be expected to do it for them.”

Competition, even with its offer of equal opportunity assumed, still creates a pyramid of levels. Deciding the tolerance of conditions one is willing to endure and action needed for change, determine which level one is willing to live. When a majority is dissatisfied with the conditions that exist, anger and frustration ensue, especially when it becomes impossible to create a safety net for oneself, limited, often trapped within a lower economic level with no hope of emerging into another.

The loophole that instigates problems in this approach of government is greed, a potential on any level. An imbalance in the distribution of wealth and economic control, often created by altering conditions to favor personal or corporate advantage at the expense of individuals or society.

A condition necessary to level the playing field, allowing movement from one place in the pyramid to the other, is access to good education, defined not just as what schools do, but how a society or country educate the newer generation on values contained within the messages it conveys. Without the tools to understand the rules of the game, it is less likely to have the capacity to compete with those that do.

Without access to quality medical care, should illness occur, only those on the top of the pyramid will be able to pay for the costs of treatment. Otherwise, a lifetime of savings will be wiped out, negated by the soaring costs of a single hospitalization or squeezed by the money required for private insurance that is increasing at an exponential rate.

hmo-definedHMO’s (Health Maintenance Organization), are used to justify Republican philosophy not to regulate Health Care with government intervention, leaving it to the private sector. HMO’s, despite continual abuses, fail to provide access to those diagnosed with preexisting conditions and look for reasons to deny care or drop those they can from enrollment. After all they reason, “it’s bad for business.” Still, Republicans support and sustain its viability, claiming that bringing government into the equation would only complicate the issue by creating larger bureaucratic organizations, increasing the size of government with higher taxes to support it. This rationale only prolongs the stalemate and maintains the status-quo of a failed health care system.

The problem is that all the programs based on Republican philosophy have failed and angered the public, by allowing the quality of life on numerous levels to deteriorate. Why should the electorate consider voting for any Republican in the coming election? The remaining question is what solutions the Democrats offer? Although government cannot be expected to solve all societal problems, perhaps there are other answers.