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Maglio: Nationalization of education and healthcare diminishes quality

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The Affordable Care Act 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 touch every American. Healthcare concerns are expanding, as we become more of a self-absorbed, aged society. Today we are more dependent on the medical establishment to care for us rather than to rely on the wisdom of our elders. The majority of us are taking less and less responsibility for our own health.

Our schools have morphed into social service and social engineering centers. Education has moved away from teaching children academic fundamentals. 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 a political strategy. They could not be transparent in their attempt to control 1⁄6 of the economy. In order to sell this transformation they had to falsely proclaim an economic savings of $2,500 per family that could not happen. Increasing the number of participants by 30 million to 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 deceptively phased in order 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 about going from running their own practices to being an insignificant cog in a system directed by national bureaucrats.

Even the doctor’s independent, professional healing decisions will cease with a bureaucratic payment schedule. This plan dictates specific treatment 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, but their professional creativity to help students that 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 gratification for teachers of helping students to reach their full potential will be a thing of the past. Teachers will be mindless cogs in a long bureaucratic chain that is being controlled by Washington, D.C.

The intangibles of a doctor being a physical healer and a teacher being an inspirational guide for developing the mind cannot be written into a nationalized guideline. It is impossible to define and quantify these intangibles. Removing the intrinsic interpersonal value of doing a meaningful job will naturally tarnish the quality of these systems. It will be sacrificed for the supposed efficiency of a “one-size-fits-all” assembly-line 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 will leave the profession.

Common Core is 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 groupthink. Future teachers will be scripted pawns that 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.

The top down approach chokes out individual initiative and encourages mediocrity. Individuals will do what is required as quickly as possible 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 replaced by depressed spiritless citizens.

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 in Spring Hill. Visit him at or emial him at

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