Friday, February 8, 2013

Health Care Plan Rube Goldberg Style

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who depicted complicated contraptions that accomplish basic tasks. The comics are hilarious: http://www.rubegoldberg.com/gallery

Each year talented minds pay homage to Rube Goldberg by creating increasingly complicated contraptions. Check out this link to videos of several amusing Goldberg devices: www.coolmaterial.com/roundup/rube-goldberg-machines/

The Dark Side

Levity aside, can you imagine having to use a Rube Goldberg device for everyday tasks? Imagine a Rube Goldberg car. What a nightmare!

The Rube Goldberg approach is not limited to devices or machines. For example, I attended a health care enrollment meeting and the plans could have been designed by Rube himself!

Each plan was so complicated, it's as though they were designed to confuse!
And I work in the health care field!

Why must something as essential as health care be so confusing and complicated? What happened to common sense and simplicity?