20 December 2009

Health Insurance Reform - a Disaster on Multiple Fronts

This week Bill Moyers has Matt Taibbi and Robert Kutner on the show. They are offering, essentially, a post mortem on health care reform. Kutner identifies the political problem facing the Democrats - having accommodated the insurance industry, the government is now in a position of being authoritarian and playing in to right-wing nightmares. The government will be ordering people to buy expensive and inadequate individual policies from private profit-making entities. What the average individual will see is the compulsion and inadequacy - the government forcing individuals to incur specific costs. The alternative of a single payer system would've ended up looking like Social Security - a universal benefit. In other words, this is a political as well as a policy disaster.

Kutner and Taibbi are on opposite sides on whether they'd vote for the legislation is they could. Taibbi says no, Kutner says yes.



Blogger Pietro de Simone said...

at least there's time for a third-party for 2012?

20 December, 2009 15:33  
Blogger Dawei_in_Beijing said...

I honestly can't believe how this bill is developing! The final version will likely not only be without a public option, but it might actually force consumers and small businesses to purchase private insurance or suffer financial penalties! This is INSANE!!! Obama is smoking crack if he thinks Americans will go for this! What a good for nothing bum! Can you say "buyer's remorse"?!

22 December, 2009 16:08  
Blogger beatriz said...

health insurance reform is not health care reform...it will be "illegal" to be alive unless ya pay up and shut up. i'm now calling it the "great american kill-off." Most surprising to me is that it is not necessarily a class issue, but an insanely cruel grappling for profits.

25 December, 2009 03:05  
Blogger Tony said...

According to the market-research group Datamonitor, medical inflation is the reason for yearly increases of 8% in health insurance premiums. The steady progress in the development of new drugs, therapies and equipment used to diagnose medical conditions and the resulting costs are an obvious reason for this. This is understandable and everyone wants the latest in diagnostics and treatments. Equipment becomes obsolete with time and invariably the very words newer and improved mean a rise in cost.

06 January, 2010 00:55  

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