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Thursday, August 07, 2014


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D.

Affordable Healthcare and Common Core are using the same template. Both are being sold as being reasonable incremental cost saving quality changes to improve the delivery system of these two major institutions.

The truth is these are the first steps in nationalizing two of the most important  aspects of our daily lives that touches every American. Health care concerns are expanding as we become more of an aged society.  We are more dependent on the medical establishment today to care for us. The majority of us are taking less and less responsibility for our own health.

Our schools have morphed into social service sand social engineering centers.  Education has moved away from teaching children academic fundamentals to become independent learners. It has become a massive cultural change industry that is able to redistribute wealth for social restructuring through a multitude of grants, programs and directives.

The fiasco of the rollout of Obamacare was politically motivated. They could not be transparent with one sixth of the economy when they have proclaimed an economic savings that could not happen. Increasing the number of participants by 45 million obviously would balloon the cost of health care.  The only way to accomplish this feat is to increase fees and or decrease payments to the doctors. This had to be subtly phased in so not to create a public backlash. 

The statement that “you can keep your doctor” needs to be revised to “you can keep your doctor if you are willing to pay out of pocket if he is still in business.” Many doctors are not enthusiastic from going to running their own practices to being an insignificant cog in a system directed by national bureaucrats.

Even their independent professional healing decisions will  cease with a payment schedule. This plan dictates specific treatments modalities for each and every diagnosis that is determined by a checklist of symptoms. Doctor’s status has been degraded from the pinnacle of all professions- almost gods- to people who are told every step of the way what to do and how much they will be paid.

Teachers never had the exalted status of doctors nevertheless their professional creativity to help students, which attracted most of them to the  field was written out of the script.. The Common Core rationalized educational format will reduce teachers to robots filling in bureaucratic forms and following directions for specific tasks. The human initiative and relationship development factors will be squashed by a highly scripted system of teaching to the test.

The major reward of being a part of a highly  self-gratifying position of helping students to reach their full potential will be a thing of the past.

The intangibles of a doctor being a physical healer and a teacher being an inspirational guide for developing the mind cannot be written into the guidelines of these nationalized guidelines. It is impossible to define and quantify these intangibles. The quality of these systems will be naturally tarnished by removing the intrinsic interpersonal value of doing a meaningful job. It will be sacrificed for the supposed effectiveness of a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

The Affordable Care Act will not be affordable as it will be used as a major tax revenue stream for socialistic programs. The quality of healthcare will deteriorate as doctors are no longer allowed to practice healing and leave the profession.

Common Core will be a nationalized system indoctrinating our youth to usher us into a one-world government. Students will not be taught to critically think but will be propagandized with uncritical group-think. Future teachers will be scripted pawns who will not be allowed to treat students as unique individuals. All students will be treated in the same manner to arrive at the same goals.

Nationalization of industries or institutions throughout history and throughout the world have a common denominator of standardizing declining mediocrity. The

The top down approach chokes out individual initiative that encourages excellence. People do as little and as quickly as possible to do what is required but nothing more. It demoralizes the workers as well as the recipients.

Standards and expectations drop until everyone begins to accept the new normal of incompetence and broken promises.  The striving for excellence becomes a fading memory. 


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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