Now that health care reform has got so messy in the Congress it makes you wonder if our approach was correct. Health care money has virtually froze everything. The Senate Finance Committee bill,when it comes, will reveal just how politicians can make a bad situation worse.
Rather than a comprehensive bill, it might be better to approach health care reform incrementally. That might prove to be the only way. First, do the repair. Start with Medicare. Cleaning up Medicare abuses is a major undertaking. Next, we could create competition in the insurance business. Also, the health insurance business is in desperate need of behavior regulation.
Properly dealing with Medicare and the insurance business will make health care remarkably more affordable.
Whether we stick to the comprehensive plan of the administration or take a common sense approach to health care the lobby’s will have to go. What is going on now is the insurance lobbyists are writing the legislation. They bring the big money to the table and they call the shots. What kind of policy is it to allow those with a vested interest to write the reform legislation? That can only make sense to corrupt politicians and the lobby’s.
It is better to stay stuck in the mud.