Was sort of holding my breath with fingers and toes crossed these past few weeks, but now am given up. Much like team Obama’s efforts to regulate the financial services industry (only slightly less of a clusterf**k than healthcare), its a slow motion trainwreck where the average taxpayer just ends up worseoff after all the political concessions. Seems like the very folks who are most vocal are the ones who’d rather not change a thing.
This is my take on the doublespeak within the beltway:
BUSINESS: We are being crushed by rising healthcare costs.
INSURANCE: We only make a nickel on every $1 we pay out to doctors, and they are always raising their fees.
DOCTORS: We’re forced to treat the growing ranks of uninsured and must shoulder the burden when they cannot pay.
OK, so lets try to expand medicare and design a wider government managed plan…
BUSINESS: We can’t afford the higher taxes to pay for universal care and our employees don’t want to give up the plans they have.
INSURANCE: We don’t want to compete with the government-run plan since it will undercut ours.
And don’t forget about Mr. and Mrs. middle-class USA who want top-o-the-line care but don’t want to pay more than they did in the 1960’s.
What a total bust. I think the Health 2.0 movement is doing something really interesting – outside the system – and also very key – something that can elevate the most needy, uninsured members of society to the forefront.
No more dwelling on the wreckage. On to strategies that help. More science & more Health 2.0!