It’s that time of year again. Time for “reflection”, and to look forward with the knowledge of the past year.

The unbearably hectic season of Thanksgiving and Christmas has past, New Year’s Eve is in a few days and frankly most of us are probably worn out or worn down. Face it, life has not gotten easier just because we have Smart phones, ipads, the internet and even an economy that is blossoming. No, life is both complicated-busy and frustrating as well as rewarding-gratifying and exciting.

So, some people take at least a little time out of their busy schedules, at this time each year, to think about the year that’s past and their hopes for the year to come. In business one must reflect on the past year’s activity or results in order to forecast for the future. Some people do the same for their personal lives although admittedly I fall short in this area.

As you know, I’m an optimist trapped in a synic’s body so this is a most satisfying time of year as I review life from that capsule of time lodged between Christmas and the New Year.
Let’s look at some good and some not so good with these thoughts in mind.

The GOOD
Inauguration of Donald Trump to millions was a positive event filled with honest hope that he could change the negative spiral America had faced for the previous 12 years. Yes, that’s right 12 years.
No Repeal and Replace, which I include as a GOOD because the replacement bill offered by the House was a wreck and would have made healthcare finance and delivery even worse. Plus, it would have given the Dems too much ammunition to use in the Media. ( Ironic isn’t it that the anti-gun left needs ammunition)
Twitter  is a GOOD, even though I don’t know how to use it, but it has allowed the President to get his word out by going around the dishonest liberal press. While not all of the Pres’s tweets have been helpful, Twitter has provided a tool by which he can get his message out.
Snow in Sierras may be a local thing for folks living in the San Joaquin Valley of CA but the extra snow pack and rainfall gave CA a welcome break from the 5+ years of drought. It may have also helped slow the Bark Beetle in its march to destroy more of the magnificent trees  in the Sierra Forests (129 million to date).
Family Health, which is important to each of us, has been relative good for your humble author’s family. Unfortunately though, we do have close friends suffering greatly so we do pray for them. But selfishly, for our immediate family things are good, and  for that I am grateful.

The BAD or at least not so good

Congressional Leadership in Washington (not to mention CA) has been a great source of frustration for most of us over this past year. The GOP leadership is unable to communicate well to the people, makes things unnecessarily complicated and does not act together. In addition, it appears intent to maintain the status queue for what’s been so accurately described as a “swamp”.
Press both national and local has become increasingly untrustworthy. Whether a Liberal or Conservative, one must agree that we can’t trust what we read or hear anymore without a bit of concern. It was similar in the Cronkite/Viet Nam era but then news traveled slower. Now, with the internet and people deliberately trying to push “fake news” it is tougher to know the facts let alone the truth. It’s hard to imagine this will get better soon.
Internet which I mentioned above, can be a most amazing tool for our life and health. When you search for gods or service or wish to stay in touch with friends it is incredible. Unfortunately, it can be a tool just as useful for confusion, misinformation, and evil. It’s user beware and we must all be aware.
No R&R, that’s right I predict that the current House and Senate will not get anything meaningful done on repealing and replacing the ACA. That may be a good thing given the mess the GOP tried to force through last year. But it won’t be good for premium payers that don’t qualify for subsidy and small business that continues to deal with the high priced metallic plans of the ACA.

Hope for 2018, that’s right hope! I’m betting the economy will continue to go well. There will be more jobs and better pay scales available. We will feel the benefits of the American economy every where.
The biggest obstacle and concern will be the ongoing issues caused by Russia or China and their intent to cause damage to America. With their help we can keep North Korea, Iran and the middle east from spreading terror and disasters. Without their help it could be more terrorist acts and crisis.

But, I am hopeful for several reasons. One, we are all more aware of who we should trust or not. We have a President and Cabinet trying to build America up not tear it down. And America is an engine that produces outcomes desired and envied by the rest of the world.
While others around the world try to tear us down they also know that there’s no place on earth like America.

Plus, you have me writing to you every week, helping you understand the malarkey our government is trying to pass off as healthcare reform.

Have a safe and Happy New Year. Together we can make it through anything to build a bright and prosperous future. We may even make healthcare better and cheaper.

Until next week.

Mark Reynolds, RHU
559-250-2000
mark@reynolds.wtf

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