In discussions with dozens of health-care leaders and economists, I find near unanimity of opinion that, whatever its shape, the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it. Likewise, nearly all agree that the legislation would do little or nothing to improve quality or change health-care's dysfunctional delivery system. The system we have now promotes fragmented care and makes it more difficult than it should be to assess outcomes and patient satisfaction. The true costs of health care are disguised, competition based on price and quality are almost impossible, and patients lose their ability to be the ultimate judges of value.
Worse, currently proposed federal legislation would undermine any potential for real innovation in insurance and the provision of care.
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:09 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
It would do so by overregulating the health-care system in the service of special interests such as insurance companies, hospitals, professional organizations and pharmaceutical companies, rather than the patients who should be our primary concern.
In effect, while the legislation would enhance access to insurance, the trade-off would be an accelerated crisis of health-care costs and perpetuation of the current dysfunctional system—now with many more participants. This will make an eventual solution even more difficult. Ultimately, our capacity to innovate and develop new therapies would suffer most of all.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:13 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Answer by Crissy1213 at 6:57 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 7:21 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Answer by mancosmomma at 7:23 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Seems he ALSO acknowledged that the system we currently have in place is less than ideal, and needs much work. Back to the drawing board...
Answer by Sisteract at 7:41 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 7:50 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Seems we all agree with that.
Seems I've read the comment(s) to this site, more than once that the status quo is fine. Many ppl have even boasted about their wonderful coverage-
Answer by Sisteract at 8:10 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 8:13 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
Seems I've read the comment(s) to this site, more than once that the status quo is fine.
Seriously? Or are you trying to twist to shape your agenda? Reform, JUST NOT THIS ONE!
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:17 PM on Nov. 28, 2009
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