Regarding the Feb. 25 Metro story from Kaiser Health news, “9 Md. hospitals report higher-than-average rates of complications”:

Fining hospitals with above-average complication rates is an innovative way for the state to raise revenue. Since, by definition, there will always be some hospitals with above-average rates, money will always flow. This could be increased by using the median as the average, forcing 50 percent of all hospitals to pay.

This could easily be applied to businesses, schools, etc., thereby wiping out the state deficit. In fact, it could be applied nationally to every place except for Lake Wobegon, where, as everyone knows, all the students are above average.

Steve Wolpe, Boyds