Archive for June 5, 2009

From the Desk of Judith Stein…

Senator Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, indicated yesterday that, despite prior comments distancing health reform efforts from a public plan, such a plan would be included in Senate legislation.  Thank goodness. 

Finally, it appears that legislators are listening to the people – and to experts like Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman, who offers two important pieces of advice in today’s New York Times:

     “1) Don’t trust the insurance industry.
      2) Don’t trust the insurance industry.”

The insurance industry is finally suggesting that they can operate health plans more efficiently and economically.  They are even willing to accept more regulation. Why?  Because they fear a public health insurance plan.

For an industry that so enthusiastically supported “competition” and “choice” when the Medicare Part D-ebacle was pushed through Congress, they suddenly seem to want to limit choice to only private plans.

To paraphrase Mr. Krugman, how can we expect to fix a broken game if we’re just fielding the same sullied players?  Kind of makes you stop and think.

June 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm 3 comments


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