Catching up from when I was gone….this article on health reform went up at Spot-on a couple of weeks back. It’s called The Not So Common Good.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the problems of the uninsured. We’ve
been hearing more how the cost of healthcare is making it harder and
harder for individuals to afford insurance, and for employers to
provide benefits to employees. Those are the drivers for why health
care reform has suddenly emerged as a political force – even if the
governor who once led discussion of the topic, Mitt Romney, is
backpedaling away from his "liberal Governor of Massachusetts" pro-gay,
pro-big government stance so that he can appear sufficiently
conservative to win a Republican primary or two.
But the train is out of the station on the reform message. Even though the chances of real reform are slim,
everyone and their dog has a plan. Most of these plans are
self-serving. And even the ones that aren’t are generally built on
continuing the employment-based health care system that got us into
this mess in the first place; Senator Ron Wyden, economist Vic Fuchs
and the single payer crowd being the honorable exceptions. Continue