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POLICY: Healthcare crisis countdown

The Christian Science Monitor has a pretty interesting article about how the healthcare crisis countdown may lead to a big debate in health care politics either 2008 or later. My guess is much later, but it’s a matter of timing. And the later the system players leave it to sort themselves out, the more likely it’ll be that we get an unthinking single payer solution (as opposed to a thinking one).

Meanwhile John Abramson has joined the hate America crowd. Just because he has data and evidence on his side, he thinks he can get away with that stuff?!

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“John, isn’t it all true?” Yes, and ? Does that make the article more intelligible? I think not. “I think healthcare is all of the above as each feeds off the other.” But isn’t the confusion about whether health care and health insurance are so nearly “the same” that they may be discussed and analyzed as though they were one business? Lots of distinct businesses feed off one another. I suppose that is fundamental to any economy. For example, the “rubber” and auto industries feed off one another but that does not make the rubber industry the equivalent of assembling… Read more »

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John, isn’t it all true? “The healthcare system in the United States is eroding. Costs are rising too fast. More and more people lack health insurance. Companies are dumping or shrinking employee health plans. Deductibles and copayments on medical services are rising.” I agree that media has turned into just another for profit corporate agenda that is more interested in not pissing off its advertisers. I too don’t read much of the “main stream” press or take local TV “news” seriously. But I think healthcare is all of the above as each feeds off the other. We need to fix… Read more »

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The linked article starts out this way: “The healthcare system in the United States is eroding. Costs are rising too fast. More and more people lack health insurance. Companies are dumping or shrinking employee health plans. Deductibles and copayments on medical services are rising.” The writer does not appear to know what he is talking about, or does not care. Is he talking about the “healthcare system” and “medical services”? Or maybe the subject is “rising costs”? Or is it “health insurance” “employee health plans” and “deductibles and copayments”? Sadly it is all too common for the media to confuse… Read more »

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My guess is that we will muddle through until 2011, when Medicare is unable to process the sudden surge of baby boomers enrolling and there are lines at the offices and delayed payments and unanwered phones.