This week, I delved into the political arena of Obamacare. I must give one more plug to my last post highlighting the questions I wonder about with the upcoming changes.
Speaking of changes, I start my new job next week. I have that strange feeling of excitement and apprehension that comes when facing the unknown. Writing about healthcare reform this week combined with my job change gave me two revelations in my perspective on the issue.
First, as I ran through my questions what I find myself continuing to come back to is in some weird way, I think that private entities playing the bad guy serves a purpose in the current healthcare system. No one is ever going to agree on what and how people should be covered. Given this, at least if we are dealing with private insurances, we can say that we will switch to a different one that is offering a better service and we can be mad at that separate entity because they are not a part of us. If that bad guy becomes the government, then that feeling of taking our business elsewhere seems to go away. Certainly regulation is needed to ensure fair practices among the businesses, but for the government to dictate in the way it has seems to be too much to me.
Second, I remember the democratic primaries when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debated about healthcare reform. At the time, I’d only been in the industry a short time and felt like the industry I happened to get in would be dissolved because of politics and that wasn’t fair. Ironically, however, what I find is that the more government continues getting involved the more money is flowing and the more opportunities I have. In fact, the reason I got my new job is because I am familiar with Medicare regulation and this software company offers reporting services and analytical software to clients so that they can stay compliant in reporting to the government. The closer I get to government, the more money-making opportunities I see. This is frustrating when we consider all the struggles of the private sector and hear about politicians making plenty of extra money while in office.
What I take from these two revelations is that it is so important to stay open-minded and informed. What seems like something one day may change the next and the more knowledgeable and adaptable you are, the better equipped you are to survive. This directly relates to personal finances as well. It’s important to see all the angles, know your options and take advantage so that you can get to the point where you are no longer dependent on your employer to stay afloat financially.
I promise, next week I will get back to straight saving and making money. All this political stuff is exhausting and frustrating.
Have a great weekend!