What is Twitter? It is a social networking service that allows for real-time micro-blogs to be posted with a maximum character count (including spaces) of 140 characters (allowing for fast indexing). This has created not only a internet craze, but a new social mindset of simplicity and careful speech. We have to think before we type, not just roll out fancy words which turn a one sentence explanation into a novel (Filibuster anyone?).
This model should be applied to politics. Not only will it streamline the process but it will create a government that everyone can understand. There is no way that a human being can possibly keep a thousand page document that changes day to day in their head.
Complexity leads to anarchy, the more rules there are the more can be forgotten. When we create law, or propose law, that creates a mental picture that is too difficult to maintain for even the most intelligent, we open the doors to abuse and forgotten policy that could have saved or damned someones life. We don’t want to do this with Health Insurance, as it indeed does afffect a persons life directly.
Who wants to be denied health coverage due to unknown or lost policy? Who has the time or the money to hire a lawyer to sift through the political jargon in the bill?
Most do not, they will be at a disadvantage. This leads to anarchy, a system run amok with no one to check it back into place. Simplicity is the key. Make Health Insurance Reform Simple!
Take each section of the document and sum it up in 140 words or less. This should reduce the document by 1/800th the size. Then, read it back and see if it makes sense…chances are it won’t! With so many sections and so many different exceptions there are bound to be countraditions.
Take that product, the section tweets of healthcare reform, and create one master tweet that explains tot he American people exactly what healthcare reform and a public option means, and exactly what it will do. Only then will we really know what we are in for…only then can we make a decision.
When you simplify, you eliminate the need for inane explanations that lead to a deadlock, removing the threat of a filibuster and passing law that needs to be passed now for the sake of the American people.