Saturday, August 16, 2008

JND in Top 100 Mental Health and Psychology Blogs

Just Noticeable Differences has been mentioned in the Top 100 Mental Health and Psychology Blogs. It is an interesting site, and I found some good stuff there. I appreciate the mention, especially when I haven't blogged since May. My goal this year was to blog weekly, and I haven't come close.

I have been extremely busy. Work has gotten chaotic and I have been spending all my free time at home either working on the house or, more often, writing reports. After you've spent several hours on a weekend writing such deathless prose as, "On examination, Mr. Johnson was alert and oriented in three spheres," blogging isn't high on the list.

There are several reasons work has gotten chaotic. First, as I've said elsewhere, fees for psychotherapy services are static. I will get a 3% raise soon, but with inflation about 5.6%, I will still still have to work more hours to stay even.

Making matters worse, there has been a lot of conflict in my office. I think it's due mismanagement, but hey, nobody listens to me, anyway. At this point, I'm so disgusted that I'd like to leave and restart my private practice. Unfortunately, I am the source of health insurance in my family and I would have to purchase insurance separately if I resigned. I calculate that if I and my wife were lucky enough to qualify for it, we would pay through the nose. There is also no guarantee that if we got sick and tried to use it we would be able to keep it. So, isn't this great? I get both ends of the health insurance mess at the same time.

I've learned one critical lesson from this. Republican opposition to national health insurance has nothing to do with taxes or small government or any other nonsense. Republicans oppose national health insurance because it makes employees more dependent on their employer. Because I can't just pick up and start a private practice, my employer has more control over me.

Like many Republican policies, this is at best penny-wise and pound foolish. At worst, it is self defeating. Opposing national health insurance helps the large corporations, but it hurts the US economy. The lack of national health care almost certainly hinders small business formation. Small businesses are an important part of our economy. It is small businesses that bring innovation into the marketplace.

So, I'm watching the campaign very closely this year. Having a Republican in the White House will probably mean 4 more years of this nonsense. Unfortunately, Obama has apparently inherited the Dukakis strategists: McCain is beating up on him and he's on vacation.

1 comment:

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