Are We Nuts?

“The price of insulin has skyrocketed over the last few decades, making it increasingly difficult for diabetics to afford.” WSJ¬†story titled¬†High Insulin Prices Drive Diabetics to Take Extreme Measures.

More specifically, the price of life-saving insulin has risen by 200% since 2002.

We have a cruel health care system. Public policy, politicians, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare providers are failing Americans. And we allow it to happen.

It doesn’t have to be this way. But it will continue to be this way so long as we accept it. And allow greed and cruel crony capitalism to rule.

Meanwhile, let’s build a wall.

 

What Would a Great Country Look Like?

Part of my problem (and I have come to the conclusion, belatedly, that it is a problem) is that I think about how things could be, whether the “things” are a firm, company, city, or country. I’m not a particularly imaginative person, but when it comes to organizations and social structures, my mind is imaginative (beyond what’s good for me). And my level of contentment with the status quo is low.

It’s a problem, I’ve come to believe, because it leads nowhere except to frustration and disappointment. On a national scale, the country I envision cannot possibly come about given humans’ desires and traits. This focus on the could leads to disappointment on a micro scale, too — that is, with respect to individual firms, companies, and other organizations (such as colleges) — because of the ironclad grip of inertia and status quo. The could simply cannot garner critical support. In other words, I’m out of step and always will be. I get it. Finally.

That said, Vera, I thought I might share with you a glimpse of what a great country looks like in my mind. It’s an appropriate time, I suppose, because we have a president who says he’s making America “great again.” Yet it’s clear to me that his concept of greatness is vastly different from mine. But my intent is not to debate who’s right or wrong. Each person can decide for him or herself.

In any case, here’s what our country would look like if we decided to make it great as guided by my imagination — my hopes and dreams and the public policies I would like to see implemented: Continue reading