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Jonathan Cohn on the internal politics of Obama’s health care plan

Jonathan Cohn has started blogging almost daily on the politics of health care at The Treatment. And it's a treat to read. Jon is a member of the recently exposed vast left wing conspiracy (so am I, but that’s because Ezra’s soft), but the difference is that instead of being a San Francisco based ranter with an unfocused cynicism, Jon actually knows the inside Obama players and cares what they do. And he’s an optimist.

His latest piece at TNR, Stayin' Alive describes the inner story of why the Administration decided to come up with the $65bn a year number in the budget for health reform, rather than just brushing it under the rug. And the somewhat surprising (to me) answer is that the member of the Obama team who would not let health care die was Obama.

Now I know I’m very cynical about both the chances of any reform passing and the value of said reform, but there is the (ever so slight) chance that I might be wrong. So paying attention to Jonathan is a smart idea.

CODA: BTW, why are health care reform costs always quoted as “$1.5 trillion” or whatever. Why are they not quoted like everything else, in annual terms?. After all $1.5 trillion over 10 years is a pretty small fraction of the $30+ trillion we’re going to spend on health care in the next 10 years.

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Matt Seems to me that much of the current problems with healthcare in the US is that the “system” defaults to intervention even when not proven beneficial. The default is manifested by heavy utilization of proceduralists for basic care because reimbursement has robbed the “system” of PCPs and such PCPs that are left are incentivized to outsource risk through early referrals to those same specialists. the fact that patients seem to have better outcomes where there are more primes and less referring suggests that procedural interventions usually carry more risk than benefit in addition to expense. Any word on whether… Read more »

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HERE’S MORE ON THE INTERNAL POLITICS From: http://www.billingsnews.com/stories/index/668
 “A new study released this week by a California advocacy group shows that U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has received more campaign contributions from health insurance firms and pharmaceutical manufacturers over the past four years than any other Democrat in Congress.

 According to the Consumer Watchdog study (www.consumerwatchdog.org) using Federal Election Commission data, Sen. Baucus has received $413,000 since 2005 from insurance companies and drug makers, third behind U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.” 

 HERE”S MORE
 Sen Max Baucus, who ruled single-payer health reform off the table, is now… Read more »

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A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT SINGLE-PAYER REFORM WOULD BE A MAJOR STIMULUS FOR THE US ECONOMY and would provide:
** 2.6 Million New Jobs,
** $317 Billion in Business Revenue,
** $100 Billion in Wages, and
** $44 Billion New Tax Revenues
You can find out more about this study here: http://www.CalNurses.org/
The press release is here: http://www.calnurses.org/media-center/press-releases/2009/january/nurses-to-congress-expanding-medicare-could-reverse-job-losses-and-repair-our-broken-healthcare-system-and-safety-net.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_wasik&sid=ao58otXrmrPM

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It is true that much money is spent for health information, but it is also quite true that so far no will find the cure for terrible diseases and quickly became generalized in our body, it calls on the authorities to better distribution of this money because it is spending so far in vain, I have friends who suffer from cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, and so far we can not find any solution to the disease, only the medicines in oxycontin to control their pain, but until you take the same? actually there will be some day, the cure? Please have… Read more »

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healthcare advocate – I share your belief that chronic disease, most of which is preventable, is the root cause of our problems! However, I don’t share your desire to applaud the Administration for its budget allocation to prevention. It paled in comparison to the IT portion of the budget.

thehealthcare guru
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The solution to healthcare reform is very easy but the implementation is equally difficult. We have already seen the language shift.
btw, Mathew, I would not call my self leftist or rightwind, but I can put both of them to shame with my ideas 🙂
My healthcare ideas are more people focussed and I bet the businesses would benefit. Right now they are afraid of change.
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In today’s Star-Ledger: http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2009/03/health_care_reform_lets_do_it.html Health care reform, let’s do it right Posted by By James J. Florio and David Knowlton/Star-Ledger Guest Bloggers March 18, 2009 6:44AM It appears that America is finally on the precipice of transformational health care reform. President Barack Obama’s recently announced long-range budget plan provides the down payment necessary to fund affordable and accessible health care for all Americans. For many of us, who have dreamed of this day for a long time, we are not only saying “It’s about time,” but we are also cautioning, “Let’s do it right!” As co-chairs of the New Jersey… Read more »