Today I’m up at Spot-on in a piece about the influence of big health plans on reform efforts called Meter Reading: How Regulation Might Fail.
Maybe, just maybe, we’re getting serious about health care.
This week’s news says yet more unlikely allies are advocating healthcare overhaul.
The alliance between the Business Roundtable, unions and interest groups – an even more unlikely bunch of reformers than Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the insurance association (both already out with their own plans) – are all saying, loudly and clearly, that something must be done. It’s all leading to an odd sense of optimism – one I don’t, sadly share.
Forces outside of health care are starting to talk the talk about
forcing change. Former Massachusetts governor and Republican
presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s health plan, the election of a
Democratic majority in Congress, and ever- increasing costs are all
forcing everyone to get those old reform plans out again. And as
evidenced in this discussion even political columnists from the WaPo think that something is going to happen – although they do tend to misread the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Continue
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