Richard Eskow didn’t want me to have all the fun.
He’s taken the arguments against a libertarian free market health care funding and delivery system to their logical conclusion – no insurance for most of us, lots of bankrupt folks, and then a single payer system.
Libertarians, you have been warned!
But I think not. At least the smarter ones won’t.
Health plans/insurers/managed care companies are all suffering from mature market malaise. This dread affliction affects companies toiling in an industry with very low growth, dominated by a few large competitors, wherein these competitors can only grow by taking market share from each other (by slashing price) or by acquiring whatever companies are left to buy.
Unless, the market gets bigger.
Continue reading Will insurers fight universal coverage?
There’s a bit of confusion out there re why people don’t have health insurance.
There are likely multiple reasons; some people choose not to, others can’t afford it, and for the rest coverage may just not be available. Here are the facts.
Continue reading Why are they uninsured?
One of the more puzzling arguments against universal coverage is that advanced by the worthies at the Cato Institute. They argue that if insurance companies could just charge people based on their risk profile, the market would solve the problem of coverage.
I don’t follow the logic.
Continue reading ‘Free markets’ in health insurance just don’t work
Medicare’s admin expenses are not really that much lower than private insurers’. Before single-payer advocates start accusing me of being an industry shill, check out the facts.
One in five voters named health care as the issue of most concern to them in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll: while health care is the top domestic issue, it is well behind Iraq as THE top issue.
But it isn’t ‘just’ health care; the poll data tells a much richer story about what voters want from Presidential candidates, and how they feel about the present contenders.
Continue reading What voters want
IMO there are three health care reform “have tos” – universal coverage, a consistent benefit plan, and community rating.
Here’s where the Democratic candidates stand on each. This is a synopsis, a cheat sheet; some of the candidates have nuanced positions that don’t lend themselves to this type of quick and dirty review.
Continue reading Health care reform – Where the Democratic candidates stand
Richard Eskow doesn’t like mandated coverage – and for a lot of good reasons.
Where I think Richard misses the mark is that without mandated coverage we have cost-shifting on a grand scale, along with the myriad other problems that go along with uninsurance – lousy care of chronic conditions being among the worst.
Continue reading Mandated coverage – a (very) brief pro and con.
After immersing myself in the Democratic candidates’ speechifying, policy papers, interview transcripts, and others’ opinions about same, here’s my take on what health care reform should do.
We’ll get to where each candidate stands on each “requirement” tomorrow. Much as I’d like to include the GOP guys, to date there’s been precious little on health care from anyone on that side of the aisle.
Continue reading Health care reform – the basics
After Edwards and Obama and Richardson, Sen. Clinton hit the stage this morning. Here’s what she had to say about health care reform.
Continue reading Clinton on healthcare reform