The baseline scenario on health care -- or, as Obama says, health insurance -- reform
I’ll settle for a good public option, or even a non-sucky one. But I’m becoming convinced that any public option will either be too compromised, or non existent, and at that point, all that happens is you have slashes to Medicare and Medicaid, forced purchase of bad insurance, and through those purchases more money being pumped into the system.
As I've said in the context of the bailout for banksters: If you pump more blood into a zombie, it's still a zombie.
Is forcing people to buy insurance the real goal? The best way to make money, bar none, is to have government force people to buy your product. It’s a wet dream for any industry, so if it’s going to be done, it has to be done right—it has to be very highly regulated and controlled with rates of return set like utilities.
Will it be?
Simple answers to simple questions:
Nothing to date has re-assured me that we won't end up with a mandate that forces millions of us to pay for junk insurance, leaving all us unterbussen worse off than before.
It's one thing when a wild-eyed hippie like lambert, who everybody hates and nobody reads, says this. It's quite another thing when a sober and well-respected Open Left poster like Ian Welsh does. Eh?