The Devil is in the Details

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed column for the Washington Post this past Tuesday in an effort to defend the Obama administration’s health care reform boondoggle.

She wrote:

“President Obama and I are working closely with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and health-care experts to make sure we get the details of health reform right. But we can’t let the details distract us from the huge benefits that reform will bring.”

Health Care Rationing Sebelius is suggesting we not worry about the details in health care “reform” She says we should just trust our elected officials, politicians and un-named “experts” to take care of the details. Those little pesky details cover such things as deciding who gets treatment when they’re sick and who does not and who dies and who lives. 

“The devil is in the details,” the popular saying goes.

Most people would agree the “devil’s in the details when they examine a contract or an agreement. Generally, an agreement looks reasonable at first glance, but a closer examination of the terms and small print reveals one or more problems. People who routinely sign such agreements usually learn to look them over very carefully, looking for snags and issues which might ultimately make the deal untenable.

Attention to detail is the hallmark of lawyers and accountants. When Obama and a Democrat led Congress want to fast-track a restructuring of one sixth of the economy, attention to the details should be the hallmark for us all.

Sebelius, Obama and the crafters of this trillion-plus dollar Cuban-style health care package hope that, like television’s Harry and Louise, you never read the details.

Imagine Harry comes home to Louise and calls a family meeting.

Harry:    Today I canceled our family health insurance plan with Aetna and signed up for Obamacare.

Louise:   What does Obamacare cover?

Harry:    I don’t know.

Louise:   How much does Obamacare cost?

Harry:    I don’t know.

Louis:    Do we have to change doctors with Obamacare?

Harry:   I don’t know.

Louise:  Can we get name-brand drugs and prescriptions with Obamacare?

Harry:   I don’t know.

Louise:  If we don’t like Obamacare, can we go back with Aetna?

Harry:   I don’t know.

Harry:   Hey kids! Who wants pizza?

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