Sunday, September 6, 2009
A Citizen's Response to President Obama's Health Care Speech
My fellow Americans,
Thank you for your hard work and dedication.
The 50 million individuals with no health insurance are not just Americans; they are our relatives, neighbors, and friends. Just as the majority of us have no idea what it is like to live with a deadly disease or injury, we also cannot imagine what our lives would be like if we had to face such suffering and pain with no health insurance. We must stop using our mouths to fight and argue over which souls will be covered; we must put our hearts and minds together and find the funds to pay for their care. That would be the American way.
In a recent radio address you stated that the only way for us to dig our way out of the rut we are in is through innovation. I wish for you and Congress to consider the following policy change. Anyone that has questions or comments or thinks that this will not work, can leave me a comment at www.whitecollargreenspace.blogspot or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We all know that bureaucracy moves slowly, but I believe that our government employees and management are responsive and dynamic enough to implement the paradigm change quickly.
The Federal government leases or owns close to ½ billion square feet of office space. Most white collar workers work an eight hour shift each day even though most buildings are open for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm. Overall these expensive facilities sit unused 60 to 70% of the time. By keeping buildings open an additional 4 or 5 hours each day, we could schedule 2 shifts of white collar workers, thus increasing our efficiency by 100% and reducing our carbon footprint by 50%. We could cut the cost of overhead for each employee by 40 to 50%, half as much infrastructure, half as much office space, half as many computers and supplies. With the overhead for each of our 2 million Federal workers approaching $50,000 per year, the potential savings could be $25 to $50 billion per year. By extending this new paradigm to independent contractors and state offices where the Federal government pays the state a percentage of the cost, the savings could be between $50 and $100 billon per year. This could be used as the seed money to help pay the cost of covering the currently uninsured.
This is Do-able because most office work is now electronic or web-based. Our agencies are customer oriented and we try to offer services as close to 24/7 as possible through our excellent internet sites and 800 number services. Immediate budget savings would come by cancelling some leases and postponing new construction projects until a full utilization analysis is done.
In the last century, Henry Ford and others applied the advantages of mass production and interchangeable parts to build a car that every family could afford. We can learn from the past. In this new century we are still in the information age and we must apply what we learned from the industrial revolution to create a health care system that every family can afford. We must abandon the old 9-5 paradigm for white collar workers as they ARE the new assembly lines. We must manage all resources efficiently. We must stop all wasteful practices. The challenge to make this simple paradigm shift comes not from the fact that we are Americans, or that we are Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative: it comes from the fact that we are all part of a Civilized Society.
I stand ready and willing to answer any questions, to discuss any concerns, or to help in any way I can. As Americans, we must never cease to persevere.
We CAN Do It.
Labor Day is near and recently I talked to former GM blue collar employee who retired after 32 years with the company. He has no health insurance. He was not in the union.
I am Tim Albright from West Branch, MI. I represent no specific group, organization or corporation. Thank you for listening.
Stay tuned for another episode real soon.