Friday, November 26, 2010

The English Queue, Americans Do Not: Why US Healthcare Will Never Be Like England's: Why The New Health Law Will Be Repealed Or Modified Beyond Recognition

Implementation of the new US health care law is underway. Unlike the British who culturally accept and respect lining up, Americans do not stand still in lines for things and services they need and want.

Just picture an amorphous blob of people outside a Wal-Mart on Black Friday (the big sale day after Thanksgiving) pushing and shoving to be the first to get into the store and you will realize Americans do not queue. In Britain, a line would naturally form.

If the new health law results in queues as expected, i.e. waiting in line, taking a number, rationing, delays or the equivalent, the law will fail, and it will be modified into something unrecognizable from its original form or be repealed to do away with the queuing.

On top of all the many major economic weaknesses of the new health care law (and there are many), the cultural difference between Americans and the British relating to queuing will be the new law's Achilles' heal and downfall.

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