|Ocala, FL -
November 13, 2012 |
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.
The people have spoken
Despite resistance from some quarters, the citizens of Marion County were given the opportunity to decide the future of their community hospital, Munroe Regional Medical Center, and on election day, they made their choice. Isn't that what we say democracy is all about?
Yet, it is rare when citizens are allowed to be a part of a decision as they were in this case.
As a trustee of the hospital and a senior citizen, I had my own opinions as to what was best for me personally, my family and the entire community. At the same time, from the beginning, I felt that the community needed to decide. Seven individuals, the trustees, had no right to make the decision for 300,000-plus citizens. MRMC truly belongs to the people of Marion County.
Going forward, I hope that in 10 years we don't regret the direction we will now go.
Likewise, I hope that voters did not make their decision based solely on what was good for themselves but also on what was best for the health care of everyone in our community.
Finally, we need to be careful about an attitude that opposes all taxes for all reasons. That approach reminds me of the homeowner who, in order to save money, refuses to paint his house or repair his roof and his house falls down. We as a community will become third-rate if we ignore our infrastructure and those institutions and qualities that make a community special — schools, roads, public safety and health care.
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Munroe and Obamacare
After reading the comments about the impending doom of Munroe Regional Medical Center, I have a question. If its financial woes are from rendering services to all whom come for it, whether they can pay or not, doesn't the implementation of the insurance mandate of Obamacare make that a moot argument? If all who come have insurance, and therefore are able to pay, why would we have to lose local control to a for-profit organization?
Maybe better internal management is the answer. Just asking.