26 January 2007

Reich is for single-payer

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997, one-handedly applauds Bush's healthcare plan, which I called the Catastrophic Bush Health Plan. Reich likes it because it would decouple employment and healthcare, which would indeed be a good thing. He doesn't mention that Bush's plan would throw people into the individual insurance market, the least efficient, most discriminatory, most costly healthcare system in the world. A lot of people would die before things got so bad that we kicked the bums out and instituted a single-payer system. But single-payer is what Reich is for, noting that if it's good enough for Congress it should be good enough for you and me.

"Note I said single payer, not single provider. Americans want to keep their choice of doctor and hospital. But a single payer – either through Medicare or the federal employee’s health insurance program – would avoid the current insanity by which private insurers spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year advertising and marketing to younger and healthier beneficiaries, and seeking to discourage older and riskier ones, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. America now has the only health-insurance system in the world designed to avoid sick people."

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