Framing Health Care Reform

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  1. Vladimir says:

    Nice post! What about, also, the fear that most people have (or ought to have, unless they are tenured) that they will find themselves out of work and stuck on the crappy individual insurance market, where the horrors run rampant? Can’t this be used to sell reform?

  2. A.W. says:

    A little fisking…

    > one of the strongest arguments for reform of some form—that health care costs are increasing at unsustainable rates.

    Well, the left has claimed that from the beginning of this debate and as mickey kaus has pointed out they then roll into “therefore we will ration care.”

    > The main reason that increased government involvement in health care has gained new support from business groups is that their health care costs are rising rapidly, with little reason to expect any improvement in the absence of reform.

    You are so naïve. Take Walmart, for instance. Why do they support reform? Because their competitors get better plans, cheaper, especially Target. This is a classic example of one business using the government to hobble a competitor.

    > Insurance premiums for family coverage have already more than doubled on average over the last decade, and the Congressional Budget Office projects that total spending on health care will account for almost 40 percent of the national GDP by 2050.

    Right, of course when things become more expensive, we just pay it. There is no such thing as a customer refusing to pay ever increasing prices. /sarcasm

    Meanwhile, the way to reform health care and keep it cheap is by having… the government… run it. you know the same cost-conscious people who gave us the $500 hammer and the million dollar port-a-potty. The same cost-conscious people who pay millions of dollars to get one job and call it stimulus. They same people who spend more money per student in Washington, D.C. than the tuition of any of the private schools around and fail to educate these kids. They are going to control costs? Well, color me skeptical.

    Hey, here’s a thought. How about you figure out how to do the things you are already trying to do first, and then when you show you can run those things, then maybe we will talk about you running my health care? sound like a plan?

    These are the two horsemen of the government’s healthcare apocalypse: out of control spending and rationing. It’s the Scylla and Charybdis you have to maneuver between. But one gets the feeling that we are more likely get a camel through the eye of a needle than see efficient government control of health care without running into those problems.

    > The Clinton initiative was doomed when the middle class, though unhappy with certain aspects of the health care system, decided that reform would give them rationing of care and less freedom of choice over providers.

    So this time the left promises us… rationing, which probably also entails less freedom of choice.

    By the way, given that the constitution demands, according to the left, a right to an abortion, how can the left square that with the government potentially denying you the right to a kidney transplant? It seems deeply at odds with the basic notion of privacy to turn around and say the government can control all of your medical decisions.

    And as one more aside, the most embarrassing obstacle to reform: they have proposed something that they don’t think they even need to bother to read or understand. Its not even “trust us, we know what we are doing.” Its “trust us, we don’t know what we are doing, but its something called health care reform.” Its like door number 2 on “let’s make a deal:” it could be a sports car, it could be a goat. And Monty says, “okay before you came on the show, you owned a 2000 Neon. Now are you willing to trade that car for whatever is behind door number 2?” Only a fool would say yes.

  3. m l d says:

    President Obama’s heath care promises won’t be kept. Costs will rise exponentially, NOT fall. Therefore, our taxes will be the ones to pay for it. We need to support the goal of covering all individuals through private health insurance. We are NOT prepared to turn our health system over to the government. .

  4. jimbino says:

    If healthcare costs are “increasing at unsustainable rates,” they will perforce cease to do so. What’s the problem?

  5. The sad truth is money is spent on advertising and not on treating sick folks. Same with all the high priced ads for drugs. If all the waste and excesses in health care were used to treat folks the cost could go down and maybe every one could have some kind of insurance coverage. The power companies do not advertise yet I have electricity. Doctors prescribe medications so why is all the ads necessary. Educate the Doctors and put the rest back into new drug development or send dividends to their stock holders.