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July 19, 2009

Occam's Entire Toiletry Bag

One of the key goals of the Obama Administration’s health care reform initiative is to “improve quality and efficiency” and in so doing “bring our deficits under control.”

No doubt you are wondering how they plan on making the health care system more efficient.

The United States Chamber of Commerce (presented via Cato@Liberty) prepared a set of charts to help you better visualize the organizational changes the federal government plans on making:

Current Horribly Inefficient Health Care System

Current Health Care System

New, Vastly Improved Extremely Efficient Government-Controlled Health Care System

Proposed Health Care System

As you can see, it’s only by creating an impenetrably complex series of regulations administered by multiple layers of bureaucracy designed to constrain individual choice and initiative through a labyrinth of rules and edicts that we can ever expect to reign in the waste and inefficiency of our current system.

If you’re like most Planet Moron readers, you’re probably wondering to yourself, “Do they still make Marshmallow Fluff?  Because I could really go for a fluffernutter right now.”

Also, “Is there any way I could make my own life more efficient and of higher quality by imposing upon it an elaborate set of governmental dictates?

You bet there is.  Take for instance, mowing the lawn.  Your current system is most likely similar to this:

Current Inneficient Law Mowing System

Current Mowing

New and Improved Efficient Mowing System

Efficient Mowing  
Think of all the time you've been wasting not creating extensive reporting requirements, codifying your actions and answering to innumerable authorities while seeking permission for your every move and navigating a dense thicket of stipulations, guidelines and ordinances?

We can't wait to see how super-efficient the government is going to make the automobile companies.


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Perhaps the root cause of all of this is an indirect Powerpoint subsidy...

Posted by: Amarsir | Jul 19, 2009 8:09:07 PM

So do I contact my State Insurance Regulator's licensing and accreditation bureau or the Department of Health and Human Services for permission to eat a fluffernutter?

I may have had my last fluffernutter around the time that man walked on the moon, but I remember it being gooooooood.

Posted by: Michael | Jul 20, 2009 2:14:39 PM

Would someone kindly alert me when the government does ANYTHING with efficiency.
And low bidder is not the same thing.

Posted by: barryjo | Jul 21, 2009 9:34:47 PM

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