I just had what I considered to be a great conversation with one of the conservative panelists who sat on the panel at the "Understanding Health Care Reform" Forum that I facilitated/moderated on Oct. 28. He describes himself as a capitalist and believes in profit making.
As we were discussing the cost of health care and government intervention he stated that he is opposed to government intervention. I responded with this…. I don’t believe that government is truly the problem.
If we really examined the root of the problem I believe we would find that greedy behavior is the culprit. If people – all people -- those who run businesses and those who are consumers, truly valued the virtues of truth and honesty, we wouldn’t need regulation. I told him, I realize I’m talking “Fairytale Land” here, but I believe the crux of the matter is that our society is so comfortable talking and living in a world of “half-truths”, instead of full truths, we have created the economic system and the health care system that we have today. He agreed.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bring back the day when people lived life with the belief system that “Your word is all you’ve got — If you lose that… You lost everything.” Back then, people actually made verbal business deals and they would seal it with a handshake. The hand shake was better than a contract, because if you were man or woman enough to “shake on it”, that meant not only will you hold true to your word, you will also uphold the spirit and the intent of why the deal was made in the first place.
Now if we could only bring back a business culture and a social culture like that into American society, today, I believe we would see REAL health care reform without government intervention. What do you think?