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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Fast Approaching Sequestration

On March 1st, the health care industry has been warned that a 2% cut is coming as part of sequestration, the deficit reduction agreement proposed by the President last year.  One would think that with that kind of pressure, Congress and the President would be burning the midnight oil getting to a resolution.  Instead, Congress is on recess (actually they have only worked ten full days since returning from the holidays) and the President was in Florida on a long golfing weekend up until last evening.  No sense of urgency and no need to be accountable to the American people; they will simply return from their time off and resume the finger pointing that has plagued our nation since 2010.  Hell, the President and the Congress couldn't get it right even when the House and Senate were Democratically controlled from 2008 to 2010.  The problem is that we like our Senators, Congressional Representatives and even the President individually so we keep voting for them election after election.  I think that it's time that we looked at what they have accomplished as a body, virtually NOTHING.  All of which should be a great embarrassment to them as a group and as individuals.  Washington, DC, could learn so much from how boardrooms and executives deal with a crisis.  We reach consensus, we solve problems and we work to protect our organizations and the people who we serve.

1 comment:

  1. I think many people feel the same way.
    Too much arguing about doing things my way and too little getting things done.