Try a pilot

July 27, 2009 

Before corporate management unleashes a potentially costly policy or procedure upon thousands of employees, they first "pilot" the procedure on a small target group for a period of time and then evaluate the results. The reason: to validate the effectiveness of the policy or procedure and avoid wasteful spending.

Before attorneys go to trial in a potentially costly case, they present their case to small focus groups. The reason: to learn in advance how the outcome might turn out and avoid wasteful spending in litigation.

Clearly, in this matter of national health care the officials we elect to ostensibly represent us need to learn a valuable lesson from the private sector. The reason: a trillion dollars is a terrible thing to waste.

Howard A. Goodman

Raleigh

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