Health reform had a tough day. But we are not giving up yet. As we go forward we must focus on two facts that shape the expectations about health care reform. First 85% of Americans have health insurance and second 96% of voters in the last election had health insurance—their expectation is that reform would make insurance less expensive. By refocusing the attention on insurance reforms, and affordability those with insurance would have a major stake in the bill.
Much of the health care reform debate has focused on a couple of controversial provisions: what role, if any, for a public plan; abortion and federal funding in the exchanges; can illegal immigrants buy insurance with their own money; and how to pay for the coverage expansions. With these more controversial elements assuming center stage, it has been easy to lose focus of what the reforms were trying to accomplish.
Interesting Wall Street Journal op-ed today questioning whether there is enough cost containment in the current Congressional health care bills. A legitimate question, to be sure. Wherever you come down on answering this question, however, their prescribed approach will not only not slow the rise in spending, but in some cases could make the problem worse.
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