As those of you who’ve been deep in this post know, Eric Novack has been looking for answers to the healthcare reform debate and he suggested that we have a competition among THCB readers to come up with a decent proposal. So here it is, and you’ll see that it focuses on the sectors of the health care system that Eric and I think are problematic. Answers in the comments section to this post please, and look for the lcuky winner to be on the radio with Eric soon.
Background: How would you change the healthcare system? What would you be trying to achieve? Here is YOUR chance to have others see YOUR ideas!
1. 250 words or less (i.e. 10-15 lines)
2. MUST address the following groups and areas
a. Group 1: 70% of the population that accounts for only 30% of all healthcare costs
i. 210 million people spend $600 billion
b. Group 2: 30% of the population that accounts for 70% of all healthcare costs
i. 90 million people spend $1.4 trillion
c. Group 3: 15% of all medicare dollars are spent in the final 3 months of life
i. $50 billion
d. How would you change, if at all, the current tax laws that exclude the cost of healthcare for businesses but do not allow for the deduction of health insurance premiums for individuals?
i. The value of the tax exclusion is $200 billion
3. Must be very specific
a. For example, just saying that the government should buy prescription drugs to lower costs is not good enough
1. Winner will be chosen by a combination of votes from readers of the blog and judging from Matthew Holt and Eric Novack
1. The adulation of your peers
2. The opportunity to explain your plan to the public on The Eric Novack Show, a weekly radio program dedicated to healthcare policy and politics
CODA: I will delete comments that exceed 250 words or are not exactly on topic. I’ll put up an open thread for those above.