In presser, Obama lowers the baseline on health care "reform" yet again
Is Obama interested in health care? Is he even paying attention? Or does it just bore him?
[OBAMA] You can expect us to work on health-care reform that will bring down costs while maintaining quality
You know, I was under the impression that maintaining quality wouldn't really be enough.
Even the nudge crowd and the Dartmouth Atlas mafia want to improve quality -- at least by their standards.
Heck, even the Electronic Medical Records crowd make a token nod to that.
And as for the 47 million uninsured, and the many millions who have insurance but are denied the care they need by health insurance parasites... I would have thought that increasing the quality of care for them -- like, with the uninsured, from fucking zero -- not merely "maintaining" it, would be the policy goal. Apparently not.
NOTE Of course, if Obama were really interested in bringing down costs, he'd be looking to the experience of other countries who've used single payer, instead of looking to lobbyists to create some sort of Rube Goldberg device to keep the insurance companies collecting fees for denying us care. Single payer has administrative costs of 3%, versus 30% for insurance companies, so that saves $350 billion dollars a year. You'd think that's the kind of saving that would get a pragmatist's attention.
UPDATE Oh, and do you see the words "public option" in there anywhere? Even in the 11th dimension? I don't. That's a big Fuck You to the Progressive Caucus from The Mostest Progressive President EVAH, isn't it?