Praying for Good Outcomes
In the line of work I’m in, talking politics is just a waste of time. We are so ideologically opposed right now in our country that there is just no good that’ll come from it. I thought things were bad during the Bush #43 era, but this is far worse.
If you’re like me, when politics comes up, especially in mixed company, I either bite my tongue (hard) or echo some sentiment that I actually agree with. A few months ago, after the election, a family member asked me what I thought of the outcome of the election. I gave an honest response: “I’m praying for good outcomes.”
In the medical world I work in, “outcome” is loosely defined that the condition is cured or fixed or lessened thanks to medical intervention. It also means there is little-to-no damage done in the process. Like, if someone goes in for a routine surgery, but picks up a hospital borne infection, well, that is not a good outcome. Hospitals being reimbursed on their outcomes is a major component of the ACA. Frankly, I think it’d take a dozen Philadelphia lawyers to even decipher what is in the ACA, but on this part, I agree.
So, political outcomes. No matter who won the 2016 election, I would pray for good outcomes. I pray that, much like surgery, we will begin to fix some of the things in our country that are broken…and do so without any complications. I don’t want to see our infrastructure rebuilt if it means arts programs are cut in the schools. That, to me, is a bad outcome.
Look, no matter where you fall in this chasm of politics, the fact of the matter is that we now have a new president. I pray for good outcomes. As Americans, shouldn’t we all do that?