Daily Wrighting—Dec. 11, 2017

On Saving People From Bureaucracy

The more I work as an attorney, the more I see the effect law has on people’s lives. Especially when it comes to big government programs like Medicaid.

Medicaid provides something good; it helps people get health care they couldn’t afford otherwise. But to prevent abuse, give everyone due process, and conserve resources, Medicaid needs an intricate web of rules, regulations, and procedures. And as an intricate entitlement program, it’s run by bureaucrats and administrators—not humanitarians.

All this puts up a huge barrier for the very people the program should help. The government holds out the promise of providing for their need—if they can make it through the labyrinth. Of course, it has to be like this; government can’t do it any other way.

There are a lot of people who can’t make it through the labyrinth on their own. Instead of helping, the system chews them up and spits them out. They need help. They need a guide.

That’s what I am, and what I want to be. I want to save people from bureaucracy.

Editing Thought of the Day

This thought comes from Bryan Garner, who frequently tweets interesting tidbits from his excellent Garner’s Modern English Usage (which I own):

Apparently “tabling” an item means opposite things in AmE and BrE. (Bonus thought: AmE is the common abbreviation for American English and BrE is for British English.)

Interesting Stuff

  • I published a post today on my Medicaid blog about the Republican tax bill, the medical expense deduction, and the impact it has for seniors.
  • I read this Jordan Furlong piece about the client-centric future of law. The most valuable experience for a lawyer is the experience of being a client. “If you’ve never been a client … then you will be a less effective and less professional lawyer.”
  • On a similar note, here’s a piece from Nicole Bradick about understanding what court is like for the self-represented layman.
This bench looks like a nice place to sit. But I’ve never seen anyone sit there.

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