Grumble, grumble

CMS released the hounds a couple of weeks back. The single most important project under Obamacare came out. It is the CMMI Innovations Challenge. A one billion dollar free for all to demonstrate actual working projects that make care better and cheaper. It's looking for the magic bullet that makes everything all right.

It's a frustrating process. First there are the 'webinars'. Information programs where government representatives give out some information and try to act calm when the 89th guy asks the same dumb question someone else asked 4 seconds earlier. I hate these things because the only people who ask questions are 1) idiots who didn't listen to the presentation, and 2) gas bags who never pass up open mike day as a means to demonstrate their self-proclaimed superior knowledge.

Next, there's the Letter of Intent. It must contain a description of how you will change the world in 750 characters - including spaces and punctuation! I suppose I should be glad they didn't demand it be put into Haiku.

Then the proposal. Everything - letters of support, budgets, research plans, models, technology, training, administration - all has to fit in 40 pages of 12 point font double spaced. 20 pages of text in other words. Fix the healthcare system in 20 pages.

One has to wonder how many great ideas these days miss out because some innovator isn't good at sound bytes.

Oh well...

grumble, grumble.


Rich Lowry is Wrong; Again

That's not too much of a surprise. I usually just wrap old coffee grounds in his column and move on. But today I feel the need to comment.

Rich is atwitter about the negative comments directed at Denver Bronco's quarterback, Tim Tebow's on field praying. As usual, Rich misses the point entirely.

The issue is not Tebow's religiousity - it's more about whether making a big production of praying for success in a football game presents a really good role model for Christians. Now, I know that I'm making an assumption here, but I don't think it's too much of a stretch. I doubt he's praying for world peace after the huddle.

Is that what praying is about? Getting a new car, winning a game, getting a promotion? I know kids pray for material things but is that adult behavior? If it is, then don't be too surprised when other people make fun.