Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Health Care Bill

The health care bill that the House has put forward is a disappointment. In the immediate future it will expand coverage but will do nothing to contain costs. The employer based system is kept intact and to some degree reinforced (by maintaining the employer tax exclusion and not allowing those with employer sponsored health care to purchase a different plan through a national exchange). The one aspect that I find promising is that the MedPac appears to be getting beefed up. But the health care bill is built on the status quo as opposed to an attempt to move towards a more rational and efficient system.

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