Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Political Correctness and Political Incorrectness in Wake of  Brussels Terrorists Attacks
Political Correctness is telling people what you think they want to hear in an ideal world.  Political incorrectness is telling people what they are reluctant to believe in the real world.
The terrorist attacks in Brussels highlight the differences between political correctness and incorrectness.
One 
·         It is politically correct to say ISIS poses no existential threat to the U.S. and its isolated attacks can be handled legally.

·         It is politically incorrect to say ISIS has declared war on Western civilization, threatens its very existence, and must be destroyed.
Two
·         It is politically correct to say that restricting Syrian immigration into the U.S. is a war against all religions and reflects bigoted racial intolerance. 

·         It is politically incorrect to call for a pause in this immigration because the immigrants may harbor terrorists.
Three
·         It is politically correct to refrain from calling terrorists jihadist terrorists for fear of being condemned as enemies of all Muslims. 

·          It is politically incorrect to call a spade a spade, namely  that most terrorists to date have been Muslim  terrorist extremists.
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·         It is politically correct to call the building of a wall as racially intolerant  and instead to assert we should be building bridges.   

·         It is politically incorrect to say a wall would act as a barrier to  illegal immigrations, would support the rule of law,  and justify the existence of the U.S. as a nation with borders.
Five
·         It is politically correct to say illegal immigration is an act of desperation and love of family and that would ought to support and fund these immigrants in sickness, health, education, and to lift them out of poverty. 

·         It is politically incorrect to deport immigrants who have committed crimes and to shut down sanctuary cities.
Six
·         It is politically correct to protect human shields and innocents in ISIS concentrations of power and ISIS controlled cities by not bombing to prevent collateral damage.   

·          It is politically incorrect to seek to obliterate ISIS in spite of collateral damage.
Seven
·         It is politically correct to apologize for America’s past policies as capitalistic  transgressions  and to make concessions to one’s former adversaries  while asking for nothing in return.   

·         It is politically incorrect to call these policies as one-sided appeasing acts.


Political correctness and incorrectness also applies to the health system.

ONE

• It is politically correct to believe that everyone, no matter what their class or income or health status, deserves and should receive government guaranteed health coverage.


• It is politically incorrect to say that this is difficult in America because it superimposes a cumbersome, politically unpopular reform upon a complex, fragmented system without controlling costs.


TWO


• It is politically correct to say that the U.S. health system compares unfavorably to health systems of other developed nations.


• It is politically incorrect to say that the U.S. health system is a creature of our culture that reflects America’s values.

THREE

• It is politically correct to blame high health costs and discriminatory policies of profiteering health plans that exclude those with pre-existing illnesses, children, and disadvantaged individuals and social groups.


• It is politically incorrect to point out that profits are necessary to run a health plan and satisfy stockholders, the new law with its taxes and rules will raise premiums, and government plans could not function without health plan administrative help.

FOUR

• It is politically correct to say 30% of American health care is “wasteful” and “unnecessary” because of regional variations and provider greed.


• It is politically incorrect to say regional variations largely result from poverty and cultural conditions that combine to produce high costs for treating neglected or advanced diseases.

FIVE

• It is politically correct to say that centralized government programs and regulations will save the health system money.

• It is politically incorrect to observe that never in the history of the Republic have government entitlement programs saved money.

SIX

• It is politically correct to believe health outcomes, e.g., obesity and diabetes, are due to physician inattention, failure to advise patients properly, or misguided treatments.

• It is politically incorrect to say adverse outcomes may more often stem from lack of patient compliance, bad personal habits, poor nutrition, and sedentary life styles.

SEVEN

• It is politically correct to say we can solve our health care cost problems by broadening the primary care base and coordinating care.

• It is politically incorrect to say only 2% of medical students select primary care careers, most Americans prefer to go directly to specialists, and concepts like medical homes are untested.

EIGHT

• It is politically correct to say that doctors are responsible for high care costs and if we could only herd them into cost-accountable groups costs would drop.

• It is politically incorrect other factors contribute to high costs, many doctors prefer to practice independently outside of managed groups, and dominant larger groups negotiate favorable contracts not intended to lower costs.

NINE


• It is politically correct to assert that the health system is so complex consumers lack the intelligence, information, and knowledge to select the right doctors or right hospitals.

• It is politically incorrect to say health savings accounts, now owned by 10 million Americans, cut premiums by 20% or more without producing negative outcomes.

TEN

• It is politically correct to say with ubiquitous, interoperable electronic health records, we can standardize and homogenize physician, hospital, and consumer health practices and behaviors.

• It is politically incorrect to say in America, freedom of choice of doctors, open selection of hospitals, latitude to live as one wishes, and personal privacy are considered God-given constitutional rights .

ELEVEN

• It is politically correct to insist a wise and benevolent government can fine-tune, direct, and coordinate care in all economic sectors, including health care.

• It is politically incorrect to point out centralized governments more often produce economic stagnation, unemployment, long health care queues, than dynamic economies reflecting the individualistic , entrepreneurial, pragmatic, adaptable, and innovative nature of its most enterprising citizens.

TWELVE

• It is politically correct to say that within the next ten years (the time frame for implementation of Obamacare) we will know and appreciate government overhaul of health care.

• It is politically incorrect to note Obamacare is patterned after Massachusetts’ four year old universal coverage plan, which has raised premiums to the highest level in the country, produced the longest waiting lines in the land, overcrowded ERs, caused many physicians to close practices to new patients, and doubled state budget costs.

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