Friday, August 14, 2009

Health care re-form V (The sales job)

Consider the "sales job" for HR 3200 and "health care reform"... According to the President, the Democrats, and those in favor the proposed reform, this reform is essential for Americans and will control costs. Let's look at what the reforms include. The first is insurance:
  • Employer-provided (or public option-provided) to all Americans, including most (but not all) of the 45 million currently uninsured.
  • That is cheap, with low (and capped) deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses.
  • With no annual caps, no lifetime caps, no recissions, and with guaranteed renewals each year.
  • With no exclusions or extra costs for pre-existing conditions.
  • Full coverage at no charge for "preventive" care...
Hmm, perhaps the reality check that is required is not re stupidities such as "death panels," etc. Maybe the reality check that is needed is re the assumption that this will be accompanied by cost savings!

Previous entries on hospitals & health care:

Health care re-form IV (What is it?) - Aug 13th, 2009
Health care re-form III (Why we spend more) - Aug 8th, 2009
Health care re-form II (P4P) - Aug 4th, 2009
Health care re-form I (Issues) - Aug 4th, 2009
So? - Jul 27th, 2009
Random chart... - Jul 12th, 2009
Random charts... - May 22nd, 2009
Random chart... - May 9th, 2009
Wyeth v. Levine - Mar 22nd, 2009
Financial crisis & hospitals - III - Mar 22nd, 2009
Random chart... - Feb 1st, 2009
Financial crisis & hospitals - II - Jan 27th, 2009
Random chart... - Jan 26th, 2009
Hospitals' financial update - Dec 25th, 2008
Good for the goose - Dec 11th, 2008
Studies of intererst - IV - Nov 16th, 2008
Studies of interest - II - Nov 16th, 2008
Financial crisis & hospitals - I - Nov 14th, 2008

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