Wider Health Reform

23Feb10

Does it matter what’s in the Democrats’ health care proposals, or is it more important what their true intent is – what their endgame is? I say it’s the latter – they are well practiced in taking simple little “safety net” programs and growing them into monsters that put the nation on the verge of bankruptcy.

Bizarrely, one of the Obama arguments for expanded socialism is that Medicare and Medicaid are financial disasters that will bankrupt the country. And he’s telling the truth!

The president has finally put his own plan on the table, and it is essentially the senate bill. If he can’t get the senate to approve his bill, he’ll go to the house and ask them, again, to pass the senate version, make it law, and then he’ll say, “We can always fix it later.” If you doubt it, take a look at today’s editorial in the Boston Globe.

Obama’s proposal to create a seven-member rate authority to review premiums is sure to anger insurers, but until a wider health reform can be enacted, the proposed board would provide needed protection against unconscionable rate increases.

Did you catch that phrase, “until a wider health reform can be enacted?” 2000 pages isn’t wide enough for the socialists! The endgame is government takeover, and they intend to get there one way or the other… even by modifying the legislation, as they pass it, with new legislation that’s passed using the manipulative reconciliation method, which bypasses the filibuster.

The new proposal to control price increases directly will surely raise concerns among economists, but may be a more transparent response to rising costs.

Did you catch that throwaway line? The price controls “will surely raise concerns among economists?” Because price controls are a disaster, and the creation of this price review panel is a back door Death Panel. When the insurance companies have the rate increase requests denied, they’ll have to cut coverages to make ends meet.

Here’s what the Progressive Policy Institute’s David Kendall wrote 16 years ago about the Clinton price control proposal.

Ultimately, government price regulation will always fail because it does not change the underlying economic forces driving up prices. If we are serious about slowing the growth of health care costs, we have to change the ways we consume and provide medical care. Price controls evade the hard but essential work of structural reform in health care markets: They are a quintessentially political response to an economic problem.

The point is, the Obama crowd doesn’t care about the details of what they pass. They just want details that can pass. They expand the massive takeover later. Back to the Globe editorial:

But so far, the chief Republican contribution to the debate has been to try to stop reform in its tracks to keep Obama from achieving universal insurance.

Let’s hope they continue.

A third of health care costs are waste – that’s what Obama health adviser and Harvard economist David Cutler told us on WRKO last week. Since high costs are what’s driving this whole conversation, let’s fix the high costs, not use them as an excuse to let Nikita Kruschev take over the American health care system.

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2 Responses to “Wider Health Reform”

  1. Just to add fuel to your already ridiculous blog fire,
    We in the UK have government healthcare. The NHS. And according to the W.H.O…..
    We’re 18th in the World for healthcare.
    The USA is 36th.

    Our EVIL SOCIALIST life expectancy is 77 for males, 81 for females.
    The USA’s is 75 for males, 80 for females.

    Our EVIL SOCIALIST Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births): 6
    The USA’s probability of dying under five (per 1000 live births): 8

    Our EVIL SOCIALIST Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population): 98/61
    The USA’s Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population): 137/80

    Our EVIL SOCIALIST healthcare Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2006): 2,784
    The USA’s wondrous Capitalist Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2006): 6,714

    So whilst the American right wing continues to complain rather pathetically about how Socialism is going to force doctors to kill your baby, and eat your grandma, whilst President Obama grows a beard and amends the Constitution to make you all call him “President Marx”………. we in the UK will continue to enjoy our superior healthcare system, whilst living longer, and paying less 🙂
    Damn Socialism, making ill people better.

    • You have identified the issues quite nicely. The performance numbers you site regarding the respective performances of our systems are only incrementally different, and those differences might be explained by factors having to do with the size and diversity of the U.S. The one shocking discrepancy between the systems is cost. It is the cost we need to attack instead of using the high cost as an excuse to socialize. Obama has no interest in amending the Constitution, unfortunately, although that would be the appropriate debate to commence to implement the changes he proposes. It is fine if socialism works in England, but our constitution doesn’t provide for it as an option.


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