The Blinding Fog of Healthcare

17 07 2009

It is very difficult to keep up with the healthcare debate, and that appears to be a deliberate strategy: make the bill so large (over 1,000 pages) and pass it quickly – and no one will know what was in it.

You have Obama, saying today that if you like your doctor, like your health plan, you get to keep it under his new plan. But that is not what he said a month ago.

You have his economic adviser saying the public option for healthcare will never take public money.  (Never take public money? How will it get paid for?)

You have Democrats saying taxes will be raised for people and business earning $280,000 (couples $350,000). The top tax rate – currently 35% – may soar to as high as 45% for these people. (So are these people going to wholesale be paying for this plan?)

The White House says 46 million Americans are uninsured, but 10 million of those are foreigners. Then you have Senator Dodd just randomly rounding up that figure to 50 million uninsured. Did he just grow 4 million overnight?

And then there is the Congressional Budget Office, who says “this legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs”. Well, at least they got it right.

There is no need to rush. Americans are overwhelmingly satisfied with their healthcare plans. Healthcare needs to be reformed – but not recreated.

The Republican plan addresses what I think is the trouble: out of control lawsuits.

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