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HEATH CARE - STAMPEDE TO DISASTER OR OPPORTUNITY TO BE SEIZED?

Copyright 2009 by Jay B Gaskill. Contact: law@jaygaskill.com


IS THIS TO BE A HEALTH CARE DELIVERY TRAIN WRECK?

CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE OR DEBACLE?

By

Jay B Gaskill


NO CHANGE BEATS A DEBACLE ANY DAY



We are now at the tipping point that I predicted a couple of weeks ago – Link - http://www.jaygaskill.com/HeathCareTrainWreck.htm .


No one should be surprised that the administration's plan is stalled: We have been presented with mutating plan with shaky, not-credible cost projections, unrealistic revenue plans and an-ill concealed threat to the working private health care delivery system. This complex and problematic proposal has conspired with a deep recession and catastrophic deficits to produce a rare opportunity for caution.


Of course the democratic proposal should wait until after the summer recess. The only thing we have to lose by this delay is our fiscal sanity.


In today's Rasmussen Poll, we learn that 53% of all Americans oppose the current government health plan. Link - http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/healthcare/july_2009/53_now_oppose_congressional_health_care_reform .


And Governor Bobby Jindal (in today's Wall Street Journal) demonstrates how an alternative plan would work better. Link - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203946904574300482236378974.html


And so does my own analysis referenced above. Here are the bottom line(s):

  1. Cost containment in health care means more consumer-driven purchase decisions, not fewer.

  2. The preexisting condition coverage rejection, cherry picking insurance practices are the product of the employer-provided group coverage system. The solution is a state-federal-private partnership to create much larger risk pools to which various individuals, employers and government agencies could link for a cost.

  3. Not all problems in the health care sector, real or perceived, can or should be addressed quickly or comprehensively.


Mr. Obama's political situation drives a false sense of urgency, but sound policy counsels a patient incrementalism. Too much is at stake to allow a Utopian disaster, however disguised by clever rhetoric and slick accounting, to degrade the delivery system and quality of care now provided to 80% of Americans....


JBG


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