Sunday, October 20, 2013

QOTD: Paradise Lost?

Tyler drops a truthbomb in the NYT:

Republicans will need to recognize that repeal of Obamacare should not be their obsession, because they would then be leaving the nation with a dysfunctional yet still highly government-oriented health care system, not some lost conservative paradise.

Amen. The pre-ACA status quo was a mess, there is no coherent Republican plan out there, and simultaneous control of the House, Senate and Presidency does not appear to be in the near-term cards for the GOP (nor even a veto-proof majority in both houses of congress).

The whole piece is well worth reading.

I am not sure of the procedure for Federalizing Medicaid, but the idea is a good one. Let the rich liberals pay for the poor in the red states!

And I'm already on record as supporting a less comprehensive but still mandatory insurance package.

While we are at it, let's throw in breaking the AMA stranglehold on the practice of medicine. More immigration, less strict rules about who can do what, even more entry into medical schools are all good ideas.


1 comment:

Jim Oliver said...

I am not sure of the procedure for Federalizing Medicaid, but the idea is a good one. Let the rich liberals pay for the poor in the red states!

If I am a state Governor or legislator and the Feds are paying for medicare and medicaid what is there to motivate me to improve regulation? For example to allow more PAs, NP's and other non-MDs to do more etc. or allowing LPNs and other non RN personnel to do more RN stuff? IMO the states have done much to push up costs and so they need to bear some costs.