Reforming Delivery
Liberals Borrow GOP Ideas for Controlling Health Care Costs
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Government Monopoly can’t be fixed, it lacks the same thing all monopolies lack, the “Feedback of Competition”. It is the “Feedback of Competition” that forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price, in free markets. The only way to limit the waste, incompetence, and corruption in the Government Monopoly is to limit the size and scope of the Government Monopoly to only those tasks only a government can do (Defense, Justice, Foreign Relations) and leave everything else to the free market.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Let’s hope the White House is not swayed to politically stupid ideas because they like John Podesta. Democrats succumbing to Republican ideas for this are as useless as bird dogs who entrust their field training to cats.

    The answer to health care cost control is price transparency and price publicity, 24/7/365, so that all players are always up to date and focused on prices. The “players” are politicians, media, insurance buyers, employers, and citizen watchdog groups.

    In health care, the players are NOT the patients. When people are sick or the lives of loved ones are threatened, it is NOT the time for anyone to “go shopping for the best deal”. Only complete morons talk about health care policy in these terms or with this implication.

    The best deal is something that should be constantly produced by every force in society EXCEPT the sick patient and his/her family.

    Health care is not used cars, fast food, appliances, grocery coupons, hotel discounts, frequent flyer miles or ANY of that “shopping around” business. We are a goofy society until we come to this realization.

  • Andrew Allison

    How about this for an idea: the Federal government dispenses per capita Medicare and Medicaid revenue, and lets the States solve their own problems?

    • FriendlyGoat

      How about this for an idea: The federal government takes its hands completely off of education—-leaving all regulatory responsibility and funding to the states? In return, the states step completely back with respect to health care, with all responsibility, licensing, standard setting and funding handled by the federal government?

      Education is not a matter of life or death—–or personal bankruptcy. It is uniquely suited for state-level arguments and periodic bungling because it need not even involve interstate commerce. Citizens deserve, however, a set of national standards and expectations for health care, in the same manner that we do not entertain fifty versions of the FAA or the National Weather Service.

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