September 18, 2007
Right, the Insurance-Company Bureaucracy Is Expensive Enough
Here’s what I’m hoping for, accurate presentation of the candidates’ actual policies.
All three plans would leave the existing private system in place. Edwards would create Health Care Markets — state and regional non-profit insurance-purchasing pools — to offer consumers a choice of competing insurance plans. At least one of those plans would be a public program based on Medicare. If more people choose that public plan, it could lead to a single-payer approach like in Canada, where government administers health care, collecting fees and paying out costs.
Obama proposes a National Health Insurance Exchange to help individuals and employers buy health insurance. But he doesn’t talk of a single-payer system. Clinton said Monday she wouldn’t build any new bureaucracy.
What, people say, do you want the government running your health care? Well, between guaranteed inefficiency and an overt disincentive to treat me, I’ll take the inefficiency every time. As opposed to an insurance company, in other words, yes, I do want government running my health care.
Posted by Chuck Dupree at September 18, 2007 02:41 AM
I'm happy with Kaiser Permanente in my personal case. I like Edwards' plan.
I wish someone would dig up the Earl Warren plan from the 40's and the Harry Truman plan from whenever it was. Just to take a look
As to government inefficiency, well, Medicare isn't run inefficiently. Personally I'd like to see them integrate it with the Post Office, which works well and remains non political.
If you want an example of inefficiency, the corporate health insurance industry is your Poster Boy. Of course, in their case it is intentional inefficiency.
If you want an example of restricting choice, denying coverage, or rationing care (all presented as government health care bugaboos by the right wing), you again would be hard-pressed to find a better example than the health insurance industry.
We need a candidate that has the guts to say that health care is a basic human right and not a way for corporations to make a profit. (I know, we have Kucinich but the MSM tells me he's not a serious candidate and can't win.)