The Difference Between a “Repair” and a “Fix”.

I have a proposition to repair your broken car.  Yes it is broken, we agree.  You can’t take it anywhere without loads of money.  Everything it does is a pain in the butt, and costs you money for a long period after you drive it.  Its not reliable, you have to wait a long time before you can go anywhere, and once you do get it to move, it is in everyone’s way and it takes forever to get anywhere.  It uses huge amounts of fuel.  It has been know to kill people.   Most people have no idea how to drive it.  So,  lets fix it.

My idea for a repair comes from many people who listen to what lobbyists, environmentalists, politicians and a few transportation specialists want.  Its not perfect,  It will cost a lot of money, and you don’t have a choice, I demand that you fix it.  In fact, if you choose not to fix it, I will charge you anyway, and expand my operations to enable me to collect that money for not fixing it.    I insist that instead of coming up with  better repair plan, that you use my fix now.  Yes, this is not really a true fix, but a set of things that we attach to your engine that absorb all the leaks and quiet the noises, like a diaper and a pacifier.  I know its not perfect, but it the best we can do for now.  I believe its better to do this than to wait a while longer until better materials can be ordered, and a proper repair made.  Your car is in crisis, and I insist.  After all, in a few years I wont be the one running this shop, so it will be someone else’s problem.

This is my own analogy of the current health care bill.  I believe it shows the real “fix” we are heading into. If this was my mechanic, I would rather walk.

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