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Health care

October 21, 2011

Don’t see that we are making much progress in improving health care and health care costs. The care we have is great, probably the best in the world for the people who have insurance. Our problem is two-fold. The middle class is complaining about the high cost of the care, meaning they can’t afford to pay the premiums. There are a lot of people who can’t get health insurance, either because they can’t afford it, or because they have lost their insurance and have pre-existing conditions and can’t get it, even though they can afford it.
Health care reform law helped with access. Eliminating the pre-existing condition cause makes it available to everyone. But it did nothing for the cost. The premiums are too high for the middle class. And the lower-income thirty million still can’t afford it at all. Thinking that mandates will make these people buy health insurance when they can’t afford it, and file a tax return and get a refund to make up the payments they could not make, is nothing but a pipe dream.
There may be a solution that will give the people who have insurance the care they are used to getting at a cheaper price. There also may be a bottle somewhere with a magic genii inside that can give us all everything we want. The odds on both are about the same.

From → Observation

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