The GOP capitulation after the government shutdown was disheartening. Unfortunately, capitulation was the only option because the GOP does not have a solid plan for rolling back ObamaCare.
Sad as the capitulation was, there still is hope.
The freedom movement could still roll back ObamaCare if a group of patriots simply got together and began talking about free market health care reform.
For some reason that I cannot fathom Conservatives are reluctant to actually talk about issues.
I've looked long and hard. To my horror, I have been unable to find any Conservatives interested in actually talking about freedom.
I created a system of calendars for Utah (Salt Lake, Park City, Provo) and I follow the freedom movement very closely. This is not just an idle complaint. I am basing this statement after spending thousands of hours following community events.
Conservatives simply are not involved in the community.
In the last five years, I have not come across a single event directly promoting free market health care reform in Utah.
There have been protests against Obama and rallies for Mitt Romney. All of the meetings and rallies have been about secondary issues, and not about free market health care reform.
I have found several conservative groups seeking to socialize health care at a state level and some that are simply shills for the insurance industry. But I have been unable to find any local events or organizations interested in developing or free market health care solutions.
IMHO, this silence on the core issue of health care is the primary reason that the freedom movement is failing.
For the freedom movement to win the health care battle, there must be open discourse about health care. Quite frankly, it is absurd to think that the Tea Party can restore health freedom if no-one ever talks about the issue.
Readers of this blog know that my goal for the last five years has been to either attend or host a meeting about free market health care reform.
I really am not as stuck on myself as this blog indicates. I strongly believe in listening to the ideas of others. My preferred strategy is to attend meetings and provide support to the groups hosting the meetings.
I am willing to host meetings. I have engaged in a substantive exploration of free market health care. I've put together a presentation that can serve as a basis for a discussion.
I know the paradoxes of freedom. One cannot dictate freedom. The path to restoring freedom is to hold a large number of meetings in which one listens to others while seeking free market solutions.
I have worked on solutions.
Long ago, I used to work for a state owned insurance trust writing computer programs to track claims and calculate premiums. I had access to quality data which I scrutinized carefully. During this period I came to the horrific conclusion that large insurance pools were doing more harm than good.
I left the insurance industry because I felt that I could not, in good conscious, continue to work for an industry that was doing harm.
After leaving the insurance industry, I began studying economics and developed a mathematical model called "The Medical Savings and Loan."
The Medical Savings and Loan is a model that can be used to break socialized health care into individual accounts.
In my presentation, I create a mathematical model of self funded care and a mathematical model of group funded care (socialized medicine). I then demonstrate that people would receive more and better care if we simply restored the self-funded paradigm.
The presentation includes actionable items and it suggests steps that legislators can take to cause ObamaCare to fail into freedom. The actionable item is to create a organization called "The Health Care Advocates Association" that promotes free market solutions to health care. The HCAA is a bit different from
BTW, ObamaCare is going to fail. It was designed to fail. The question now is simply: will it fail into socialism or will it fail into freedom.
The system was designed to fail into socialism. But it is possible for the freedom movement to influence things in ways that could cause it to fail into freedom.
I have policy suggestions that might help PPACA fail into freedom.
ObamaCare can only fail into freedom if people in the Freedom Movement spoke about health care. This involves people actually talking about the issue.
FreedomWorks is holding a meeting about managing media relations. This is only the second public meeting that the've had this year. It seems to me like they are putting the cart before the horse by talking about media relations before talking about ideas.
Anyway, I will attend the meeting with fingers crossed hoping that I might meet people interested in taking the radical step of actually talking about the issue rather than just politics.