Diagnosis for Democracy
Insights into the State of Our Union
A Blog by Rob Tenery, MD
Does it matter that we are becoming a country that is increasingly governed by what we can get from the system rather than what we give back? Our forefathers fought and died to ensure that this country allowed the opportunities for its citizens to succeed. Countless more sacrificed at home during the war to ensure that these constitutional freedoms continue. In recent times, a growing percentage of the population has forgotten that these opportunities are not just given but earned.
There must be a public awareness of the transformation that is happening in this country. Instead of searching out the truth, a growing majority of the populace either doesn’t seem to care or turns to the media outlet of their choice. By doing this, they are brainwashed to that particular way of thinking. The continuing immigration, instead of assimilating into the fabric of this country, is diluting our culture, language, religion and most importantly, our country’s goals.
Solutions can only come if we look for them. Diagnosis for Democracy serves as a voice to address the concerns that are gradually moving this country away from what our forefathers envisioned. As a physician of over 40 years, a small business owner, who also served my country during the Vietnam era, and a husband and father, I have dealt with big business, big government and now big media. The trend I see as troubling is that these three entities are engulfing the individuals in preference to the will of the masses.
If there is one truth that underlies all others, it is to leave this country better than how we found it. My two granddaughters, pictured above, deserve that from us!
The Underlying Concerns of Health Care Reformation
With the new leadership in the White House come January 20th, it seems almost certain our current health care delivery system with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be changed or thrown-out altogether. When the legislation was first enacted, it was estimated that there were about 44.6 million people, or 15.8% of the population, that had no health insurance coverage. Since that program has gone into effect that number has been reduced to 20 million.
However, the problems, in some cases, seem to be greater than the rewards. First, many of the new lives covered are from an expansion of the States’ Medicaid programs that was also included in the ACA. Second, many of the so-called healthy young people have failed to sign up for the program, resulting in l...Read more
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