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This is a letter I wrote last year. As this issue of a health care solution seems less likely to become a reality, I think the triangulation theory looks better and better.

In watching the American debate on health care, I am struck by our collective inability to solve a problem which shouldn't be this difficult. It is my observation that human beings have an upper and lower nature. We all are aware of our strengths. I know I am; but most of us are oblivious to our vulnerabilities. Each of us has one boozer, womanizer, gambler, greed, temper, we all have a vulnerability which threatens to overwhelm our upper nature.

I am 55 years old. It is my observation that most Americans are aware of everyone else's vulnerability as well as knowing exactly what they should do to eliminate it and they are almost always correct.

The same people are usually clueless about their own vulnerability. In essence, we know what to do about those we have no control over, and we are oblivious to problems and solutions we have complete control over.

We have become a limited people who do a lot of finger pointing. I have suggested for years that the only way to solve the health care problem is to get the affected parties together and force a solution. 

Insurance companies, medical professionals and lawyers. I call this the triangulation theory. Right now each corner blames the other two corners. All agree there is a problem. The problem is unsolvable until all three parties are present to come up with a solution. The solution will require all three corners to acknowledge the needs and importance of the other two corners.

This is how you come up with an effective, functional, long-term plan for health care, which benefits the entire nation. Until we go through this process, we have no idea what the solution is. We will do publicly what we do privately — finger point, rationalize and alienate ourselves from success.

We have become a limited people devastated by excess, limited in our ability to govern ourselves let alone accomplish a difficult complex task like health care. It is laughable to see our elected officials, media, and lobbyists beating their chests on their soapboxes when we are too stupid to begin a rational, reflective process, which would provide real solutions to the debate.

Rolf Harmsen


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