Models. No, not the skinny kind in a magazine. But conceptual frameworks. Like global warming “models” or even Obamacare.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, U.S. rice farmers are raking it in on exports to Venezuela. Chavez’s legacy of socialism, in which large farms were nationalized, broken up and “redistributed,” together with food price controls resulted in the destruction of its farming industry. Similar top down management ruined the beef, coffee, steel and sugar industries.
Humans are complex. Our interactions are complex. Outside of basic urges, like the drive to survive, we can’t, especially on a large scale, be modeled by policy wonks and other useless idiots.
Those who are surprised that employers are increasingly turning to part time workers and temps to escape Obamacare are clueless.
Those who think that ACOs and hospital-centric healthcare have a long term survival rate are equally blind.
The key for doctors in Dallas and Des Moines and Detroit, and across the country, is to develop strategy that increases your chances of professional and economic survival in both the likely short lived hospital-centric world and in the physician-patient centric one to follow.
Those in favor of Obamacare claim they did it to help the uninsured. Chavez and the Chavistas claimed that they took the steps they did to help the disenfranchised. But the disenfranchised have become even more so and everyone is suffering.
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Mark F. Weiss