I have a confession: I do not “do” Apple products.

No Macs, no Pods, no Phones: no any “I’s.”

I do, however, have huge respect for the amazing Apple story. Such vision. Such ingenuity. Such unique insight into the blend of what the consumer may want and need, coupled with the brilliance in engineering to provide that and even more.

There have been several stories this past week regaling the iPhone on this, the 10th anniversary of the device. Wow, 10 years since the product that changed our lives came on the market. While listening to a panel comprised of employees who worked on the first iPhone and journalists who reported on the original phenom and subsequent versions, I marveled at the scope of conceptual brilliance that went into the original product.

This week also saw a thousand times more stories about another “product” that has/will change our lives: a national healthcare bill.

Sen. Mitch McConnell is known as a master government system manipulator. I do not say this negatively. Knowing the details of what can and can’t be done, not just what has been done in the past, is an asset. Just look how he thwarted even a hearing on President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. But, his efforts to push through “a Republican healthcare bill” have hit some rocky terrain. Passage was assured if Republican senators all backed it, but they didn’t by his self-imposed deadline for passage on Wednesday.

Are you as confused as I am on this whole issue? Obamacare needs work to make it viable long-term. The current Republican plan is widely disliked. Both parties are entrenched and apparently not communicating — except to the media. They seem to care more about party power than the people’s representation.

But, there are many issues upon which there appears to be commonality. All want lower drug prices. All agree that more insurance company competition would lower insurance costs. But many fear for the less privileged among us. How will they be able to participate in the free-market proposal by the Republicans?

I am certainly not an expert on health provision. But, I think the basic bone of contention is: should quality healthcare be a “free-market” product or are the American people entitled to making it our government’s responsibility to provide?

I have always been an advocate of compromise, but should we be compromising on the physical and mental well-being of our citizens?

I have a suggestion.

This issue is so mired in politics, I think a totally new approach should be implemented. I say get those Apple dreamers and engineers together. Give them a product roll-out date. Layout the parameters of the ideal specs and the problems; then let them do their thing. Look at this as a “product problem” and turn the product fixers loose to do what they do best — fix it.

Changing the world was not easy for the iPhone developers, but they did it.

Turn them loose on this problem to create “iCare.”

Wendy J. Levenfeld is a published novelist, playwright and columnist. Send comments to wendylevenfeld@gmail.com. Visit Wendy’s website at www.wendylevenfeld.com.

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