Consumers, Not Providers, Are the Key to Health Care Reform
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  • Corlyss

    One shouldn’t get sucked into discussing anything Ezra Klein natters on about as if it were a serious proposal, or anything other than what it is, i.e., a glimpse of the Obama Administration talking points. If Klein sounds like he’s talking about process, what he’s really doing is selling snake oil for the OFA crowd. IOW Klein is full of purposeful crap. ViaMeadia shouldn’t dignify it with serious analysis any more than it would parse the utterances of Rush Limbaugh.

  • Loader2000

    Not to mention that the for both Health Care and Education, the choice isn’t between have it or not having it, it is between one provider and another. In other words, the whole premise of Klein’s analogy is flawed. He is smart enough to realize this, but for some reason, chooses to ignore it. It is amazing (and you see this on both the left and the right) to see extremely intelligent people time and time again come up with the same old worn out solutions to problems, as if they have a bag of solutions approved by whatever political group they emotionally identify with and only choose solutions out of that bag.

    • Jim__L

      Ezra Klein is no different than any other Leftist commentator — he wants the government to have POWER, and lots of it.

      The more money government hands out, the more power it has. Reducing the money the government hands out, ever, is tragic in his world.

      This country would be better off without the likes of him and Krugman.

  • Parker O’Brien

    Erza’s argument based on a false premise. If he believes consumers have no leverage in their choice of health insurance and college, then how does he explain markets for similarly, if not more, important products, such as food, clothing, and shelter. In reality, government has legislated itself into the dominant market player and is using its leverage to extract political concessions from businesses at the expense of the consumer and producer.

  • Doug

    Klein was the founder of JournoList. ’nuff said.

  • Bruno_Behrend

    The best way to empower consumers is give them vouchers combined with savigs vehicles.

    Do that for P-25 education, and consumers will drain education of it worthless and corrupt bureaucrats.

    • contestjoiner

      While you’re at it the voucher schools will drain the “learning disabled,” ELL and behavor problems. Nobody will take them.

      Last resort? Drop them off at the Heartland Institute, they know it all, they can fix it.

      • Bruno_Behrend

        Nonsense. Where there is a need, there will be some one to address it.

        Further, as you drain the K-12 bureaucratic swamp of its paper-pushing bureaucrats and their fat payroll and pension costs, more money will be available to flow to the people who do the real work – the service providers.

        It is the district-based system that has become the enemy of the needy.

        As an aside, I’ve often suggested that the free-market movement open some schools to prove their theories. Alas, they, much like the public ed bureaucracies that they criticize, have their own paper-pushing make-work issues.

        The difference is that they don’t their fangs in our necks for property, income, and sales tax revenues.

  • NCMountainGirl

    Lots of luck getting that to work nay time soon. Ask any one of the medical staff at a hospital if there is a lower cost alternative and you are likely to get one of these reactions. 1) A blank stare. 2) A referral to a social worker to see about getting you placed on Social Security Disabilty, or 3) a recommendation you start taking an anti-anxiety drug.

    They are quick to call themselves professionals but none of them I have met has any idea what their patient is being charged for any of the services they perform. To make matters worse, increasingly they are being evaluated on how closely they follow the protocols in the computerized record keeping system. Many of these are designed to see the hospital isn’t sued. It’s become medicine by lawyer and risk management consultant.

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