It is an axiom of American politics that Americans reject a public health care option. Rhetoric to the contrary: 49.6 percent of the American people get their health care paid for by a government-run insurance program. The dictionary definition of a public option! Instead of railing against it -- why not seize the opportunity?
Recently my allergy doctor suggested a vapor treatment for my pollen-driven tightened chest. I said okay. It never occurred to me to ask how much does the treatment cost because I won't get a bill. The charge will merely be an object of curiosity when the insurance company sends me an explanation of benefits they paid.
If the insurer is required to pay – no questions asked – for tests and treatments, our profit-making health care eco-system is going to prescribe more at a higher cost each. That leads directly to rising insurance premiums.
If I had to pay the bill for that treatment, I would have asked more questions about the cost and efficacy.
For listeners of my March 25 AM 860 Radio Program here is the link the House Intelligence Hearing from March 20.
Ranking Member Schiff's "indictment" is in the first 20 minutes of the total 5 hour recording
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With my thanks to CPAN!
By the time I had printed out a copy of the just released Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the GOP proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare" my inbox had filled up with draconian headlines. A complete reading of the 27 page report paints a more complicated picture but does urge caution as the House of Representatives moves to debate.
But, if we examine the CBO's underlying assumptions, their analysis, itself, is complicated and more conjecture than fact.