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Election year 2012… November and Election Day are fast approaching. I’m not an advocate of either candidate or party. In fact, I do not know who I will vote for. But I do know that my vote will be based on two principles. The first is that I believe that the United States of America IS the greatest nation in the world, and the second is that I believe that in order for us to remain on top we must constantly change and adapt. While I do believe our great nation is superior to other countries, I believe that we must learn from other countries, and utilize their best practices here at home.
The health care bill is a great example. I’m neither for nor against Obama Care, but I have heard some interesting arguments on both sides. My family doctor and others that oppose the bill claim that it will be the demise of our health care system. Our fate will be in the hands of the government and we will no longer be able to exercise choice over our medical treatment. Furthermore, opponents say that our quality of treatment will decrease while our waiting time to be treated will increase. Those supporting the bill claim that health care will finally be affordable for all. Which is correct? I don’t know. I have not read the bill in its entirety, and even if I did, I’m not sure that I would understand all of the implications since I’m not in the health care industry.
My Australian neighbors claim that socialized medicine in Australia was exceptional. Her mother received prompt and quality care during her battle with cancer. However, my grandfather who was hospitalized while visiting the United Kingdom received less than satisfactory care when he was diagnosed with shingles.
I’m not a health care or political expert, but I do run a business. One of the many lessons I have learned from operating my business is to learn from others and adopt their best practices. I think our government could benefit from doing the same thing. Instead of wasting millions of tax payer dollars on congressional debates; let’s run a study on the health care systems in other nations and adopt their best practices.
We do live in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest nations and I personally would like to keep it that way. In order to maintain our status as the best, we must constantly be open to change. Rather than experiment with trial and error, let’s learn from the mistakes and triumphs of those who proceed us and may God bless the USA.
Lindsey Smith is a Del Mar resident and founder of San Diego Office Properties. She serves as a trusted advisor for San Diego’s owners and occupiers of commercial space. Lindsey comes from a family of “serial entrepreneurs” and has a true passion for helping local businesses find office space that is aligned with their corporate strategy, culture and budget. Lindsey is a graduate of the University of San Diego. She began her real estate career in 2003 working at a large corporate brokerage house and founded San Diego Office Properties in 2012. San Diego Office Properties functions under the KW Commercial umbrella which allows clients access to a national platform and corporate resources while capitalizing on the flexibility that only a boutique firm can offer.