My favorite blogger excepted, this book(based on the review) reveals the enormous divide between the Ivory Tower and real life. WRM is spot-on in noting that the healthcare mess needs to be fixed by consumers. The health insurance industry will, understandably, fight reform, tooth-and-nail. Doctors can help by declining insured patients (as VM has noted, this roughly halves the cost of routine care). The biggest single impact would be to eliminate insurance for routine care by means of high-deductible insurance. The only incentive for the consumer to decide what’s necessary is having to pay for it.
“the health care crisis”
The very characterization assumes facts not in evidence. Some people have trouble with the health system, but most Americans didn’t. The idea of a health care crisis is a gigantic scam.
What will kill Obama-Democrat care is the poison pill CJ Roberts used to justify its constitutionality. Taxes. The court ruled it a tax but didn’t specify what kind of a tax it is. Once the tax is paid and hence the dec actions start to get the courts to rule what kind of a tax it is is when the fun and games begin. If its not an income tax then it’s not an apportioned tax and hence impermissible. Then the only way around that is to make it a FICA tax. Good luck to the Democrats in trying to sell that to taxpayers. If it is an income tax it’s even worse for the democrats since everyone who gets that income-everyone with an employer paid plan-just had a tax hike and there won’t be any waivers. Besides the penalties for non-purchase make no sense. In what other tax does the taxpayer get to opt out of paying the underlying tax by paying the penalty?