Complex and wonderful

August 8, 2010

In the early 80s, I worked at Tucson Electric for an engineer named Rich Ward. Rich had a fine phrase for describing needlessly complicated systems. “Complex and wonderful,” he called them.

The reformed health care system shown in this chart fits Rich’s description pretty well.

(Full version of the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee PDF herewith 10 pages of explanation. Q.E.D.)


Washington, D.C. – Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” a congressional panel has released the first chart illustrating the 2,801 page health care law President Obama signed into law in March.

Developed by the Joint Economic Committee minority, led by U.S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the detailed organization chart displays a bewildering array of new government agencies, regulations and mandates.”

Res ipsa loquitur.

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