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The Politics of Health Care by charlottegee
November 19, 2008, 11:11 am
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Yesterday the Los Angeles Times had a nice piece on the state of health care and its role in the political landscape (or is it the other way around?). The article provided a good overview of where we are now and what may or may not happen, depending on some part on the usual political activities (like the latest PhRMA ad campaign). Here are some of the more interesting snippets:

  • Hospitals and physicians are increasingly worried about the escalating burden of newly unemployed workers being thrown onto the rolls of the uninsured.
  • Liberal advocacy groups see the Treasury Department’s $700-billion commitment to banks and other financial institutions bolstering the case for a similar investment to help sick Americans get medical care.
  • Still unresolved are important details about the cost of a new system, provisions for increasing quality and a mechanism for compelling businesses and people to participate.
  • “We have a huge financial problem in this country,” said Joe Antos, a healthcare scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who called the idea that bold action would save money on healthcare “completely ludicrous.”
  • “If you don’t fix healthcare, healthcare expenses are going to make this banking bailout deal look like a rounding error,” [Sen. Ron] Wyden told physicians, business leaders and healthcare industry leaders gathered for a meeting today in Los Angeles.

Read the entire article: Political temperature may be just right for healthcare overhaul

And … what do you think of this?: DASCHLE TO HEAD HHS

Posted by CharlotteGee

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Don’t be surprised if the Obama Administration actually gets something meaningful done on Universal Health Care…

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