I didn’t like the notion of government run health care.  I like the thought of it even less after reading today’s New York Times article about who was/is/has been/will be in charge of the BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

In today’s piece by Ian Urbina, he walks readers through documents, emails, and events that have taken place since the disaster.  And he also points out a myriad of federal regulations that were not applied or were designed by private companies and then approved by federal regulators who at the same time, had an interest in making sure that royalties for greater production were received.

It’s all enough just to make one sick.  Urbina captures the essence of why so many people didn’t like the Obama healthcare plan, and now gives us reason to not like it any more. (Of course, his article has nothing to do with healthcare, it just points out the incredible inefficiencies of the federal government).  I don’t think it’s too far a leap to say that if the government has done such a poor job of regulating deep water oil drilling, how the heck can we expect them to do much better when it comes to a healthcare system?

But the main importance of this story today by Urbina shows what has been a foot for a long time.  It shows how badly run the system is by private enterprise and worse, the government.

Here’s the lead into the story:

In Gulf, It Was Unclear Who Was in Charge of Oil Rig


NEW ORLEANS — Over six days in May, far from the familiar choreography of Washington hearings, federal investigators grilled workers involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in a chilly, sterile conference room at a hotel near the airport here. 

The six-member panel of Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service officials pressed for answers about what occurred on the rig on April 20 before it exploded. They wanted to know who was in charge, and heard conflicting answers.

They pushed for more insight into an argument on the rig that day between a manager for BP, the well’s owner, and one for Transocean, the rig’s owner, and asked Curt R. Kuchta, the rig’s captain, how the crew knew who was in charge.

“It’s pretty well understood amongst the crew who’s in charge,” he said.

“How do they know that?” a Coast Guard investigator asked.

“I guess, I don’t know,” Captain Kuchta said. “But it’s pretty well — everyone knows.”

Looking annoyed, Capt. Hung Nguyen of the Coast Guard, one of the chief federal investigators, shook his head. The exchange confirmed an observation he had made earlier in the day at the hearing.

“A lot of activities seem not very tightly coordinated in the way that would make me comfortable,” he said. “Maybe that’s just the way of business out there.”

You can read the rest at the New York Times. This is good, fact-finding writing by a reporter.  Something we tend not to see to much anymore.  Way to go, Ian. 

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