Kaizen is a Japanese term that means small and continuous improvement. While usually applied to business, I’ve adopted this term when people question changes or forward moving direction I take in my own life. If you’re improving, even in baby steps, you’re still better off than you were before.
This blog has been weighing in on my mind for a while and many of you will disagree with me. The senate bill on health care reform isn’t going to revolutionize much. It’s doesn’t have bells and whistles. It isn’t sexy and it isn’t what we voted for last November. But it does offer small improvments, that if continued, can change the way Americans are treated by their health care insurance providers. Not much else, though. Right now, Kaizen is the only positive spin anyone can put on this mess.
I won’t write the tombstone for health care reform just yet – the Democrats DO have a supermajority in Congress, after all – and they need to remember that. Bernie Sanders said on Fox Business Network last night that he is not prepared to vote for the bill as it stands today.
It’s about time that the liberals in the Senate start throwing hissy fits and temper tantrums like the conservatives have been. Make the moderates tailor the bill to the wing of the Senate that the people overwhelmingly voted in to tackle this monster health care problem. Perhaps if not all liberals are a blanket “yes” vote on a package, no matter how weak, the debate will move back the other way. Sadly, this isn’t much of a reality because it’s almost the end of the year. All progress on the Senate bill needs to be done this week.
Where is the President of the United States on this? If I hear “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” one more freaking time I’m going to lose it. How about “Don’t let the shitty be the enemy of the good?”
Pardon my french.