The Leadership Gap was published October 1, 2009 –
Another way to lose control is to ignore something when you should address it.
– Jim Evans, baseball umpire
Evans’ statement is worded so plainly that it seems obvious and inadequate at the same time. Of course, if you ignore something, it can get out of control: A small fire, a leaky roof, a rattle in the car. Are there more eloquent ways of putting it? Yes, many. But Evans makes it clear:
Fix the problem before it gets worse.
The essence of many of the statements made about healthcare by President Obama and congressional leaders is that we need to do something now but the other guys are standing in the way. The White House and other Democrats blame the Republicans for scare tactics – “death panels” and withdrawal of treatments – and the Republicans talk about rationing, mandates, bloated costs and the “public option.” Can you blame the folks back home if they wonder whether the folks they sent to Washington understand that if healthcare were a small fire, it would have consumed the house by now?