This rant from Fake Steve Jobs is on a topic that doesn’t really interest me in general, but there are a couple of parts that do:
Used to be, we were innovators. We were leaders. We were builders. We were engineers. We were the best and brightest. We were the kind of guys who, if they were running the biggest mobile network in the U.S., would say it’s not enough to be the biggest, we also want to be the best, and once they got to be the best, they’d say, How can we get even better? . . . But then something happened. . . .
And not just you. Look at Big Three automakers. Same deal. Lazy, fat, slow, stupid, from the top to the bottom — everyone focused on just getting what they can in the short run . . . . finding ways to leech out whatever bit of money they could get in the short run and let the future be damned. It was all just one big swindle, and the only kind of engineering that matters anymore is financial engineering. . . .
Now there was silence again. This time I was the one not talking. There was this weird lump in my throat, this tightness in my chest. I had this vision of the future — a ruined empire, run by number crunchers, squalid and stupid and puffed up with phony patriotism, settling for a long slow decline.
This can be read a couple of different ways, but here’s one interpretation: Health insurers are the number crunchers and the US healthcare system is the ruined empire.
And no, for the hundredth time, no act of Congress is going to correct it. Their incompetence, phony altruism, and corruption guarantee that the best we can hope for is the temporary disruption of the health insurance industry and possibly some new initiatives from large employers.