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Opinion

April 29, 2014

Restoring faith

I have been writing a column now for several years and the majority has been focused on the unjustifiable and never-ending increasing costs of health care along with the corruptness of our political system.

One I knew something about (health care) and the other not much when I started. I sometimes drifted off these subjects because of my workout friends (the fitness mafia) insisting and challenging me to write about more local issues.

The original ones were almost interchangeable because you cannot have the reported 30 percent waste and fraud that adds up to billions of dollars annually in health care without a corrupt political system, and you cannot have a terribly corrupt political system without special interest groups to fund their campaigns and expect repayment for giving them the money.

C’mon, why would pharmaceuticals and insurance spend billions lobbying Congress? I do not think it’s because they just have big hearts and want to do good for you the people.

I do not feel the necessity to continue apologizing for being so naive and ignorant anymore because after receiving hundreds of suggestions, articles and hours of research I have gained knowledge through osmosis at a minimum. I wish I could claim credit for the tremendous explosion in transparency that has been published during this recent time, but I cannot.

I do know that I personally feel more engaged along with millions of more just like me. There is just not enough space to write about all the changes in knowledge today that we did not know just a few short years ago.

Think about it: If we have a difficult time getting 50 percent of eligible voters to vote locally, then we only need to let the special interest groups through their lobbyists buy the small amount of votes needed to elect who will serve their interests.

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