What Minnesota Deserves

Knowing that the media will never allow it to amount to anything serious, Governor Dayton “takes responsibility” for the MNSure fiasco:

Dayton reacted Thursday to a report from Optum, a unit of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group. The report found MNsure’s problems are widespread and cannot be solved by the March 31 federal deadline for most people to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Optum said the state could try to fix the current system, which could take up to two years, or try to get it minimally functional for 2015 enrollment while building a new system from scratch.

Both options are exquisitely expensive.  There’s an old software engineering saying; “Fast, Cheap, High Quality – you can have two”.

And that’s at best.

And we’re not going to get “at best”.  Why?

Emphasis added:

“Those are the decisions that the new management is going to be making, and obviously the Legislature will be involved and the board and I’ll have my say in it too,” Dayton told reporters.

Even in the private sector, “designed by committee” is a synonym for “Bulgarian goat rodeo”.

Healthcare is impossibly complex; politicians operate entirely in the realm of oversimplification, and that’s even if they have a general sense of “what is right”, which our DFL-dominated legislature does not.

Politics is the worst possible way to allocate scarce resources and solve complex problems.

“But we’re going to fix it. We’re going to improve it. I’m determined we’re going to give Minnesota what it deserves.”

Minnesota already got what it deserved when it swept the DFL into power.

Will it deserve better this fall?

9 thoughts on “What Minnesota Deserves

  1. What Night Writer said. And what Mencken said, to wit:

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

    A Better Minnesota? You’re soaking in it.

  2. “the Legislature will be involved and the board and I’ll have my say in it too,” Dayton told reporters.”

    He’ll lead from the rear, that’s always been his style.

  3. This is a pivotal year. After Zygi’s Big Gift, pull tabs, $2 bil in taxes, the gay wedding dress up day “end run” (pardon the pun) and MNure, if Minnesota cannot rid itself of the DFL majority, including and especially Jim Beam, the state is lost.

  4. The goal was never to give all Americans ‘access to healthcare’ or to ‘bend the cost curve’. It was to increase the dependence of citizens on the federal government — the level of American government with the least accountability and the weakest constituency.
    In their tiny little black hearts liberals believe that your health care decisions are better made by faceless bureaucrats than by you.

  5. Mitch, you are so wrong! A Bulgarian goat rodeo, is 90% more efficient than a Democrat controlled legislature in action. Please remember that!

    PM; Yup! Their goal has always been to have a single payer (read government) controlled system.

  6. from Urban Dictionary:

    Goat Rodeo: A chaotic situation, often one that involves several people, each with a different agenda/vision/perception of what’s going on; a situation that is very difficult, despite energy and efforts, to instill any sense or order into. Example: “Management’s nuts. By the time each of them has his say and policy gets to us, it’s a goat rodeo.”

    You are insulting Goat Rodeo clowns, especially Bulgarians, by comparing them to Dayton and his minions.

  7. From my decades of software Lego-ing: “Fast, cheap, high quality–choose ONE”, i. e. high quality is niether fast nor cheap, usw.

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