By now everyone should be aware that the Washington Health Care “Reform” debate is really Health Insurance “Reform”. The Dems are in love or terrified of  corporate lobbyists and cash for reelection & the Repubs are just trying to obfuscate & defeat the Dems & weaken Obama for the 2010 elections. “Reform” proposals are totally messed up with  more industry concessions (5-20K lobbyist spending ~$1.5 million/day) & long term cost projections. Actually improving delivery of health care & services has almost been forgotten. Many progressive Healthcare activists think the odds of anything useful passing both chambers of Congress is getting remote.  Maybe Congress can do much better starting all over next January and focusing on Health Care not beltway power brokers & deep pocket corporate lobbyists.

     Here’s a new analysis by Dr. McCanne, a leader of PNHP who has advocated real reform for many decades:  

from McCanne’s Quote-of-the-day:

US Budget Watch October 19, 2009

 (supported by Pew Charitable Trusts) 

Evaluating Health Care Plans:   An Analysis of the Short- and Long-Term Fiscal Implications of Reform Plans

Unfortunately, each bill making its way through Congress has employed at least one of these gimmicks:

* Timing Gimmicks

* Loopholes

* Omissions

* Bogus Offsets

… many provisions within the bills… would result in increases of overall health care costs.…

McCanne’s Comment:  The five reform bills passed by House and Senate committees will not control health care costs, and yet these are to be merged into one bill – that will not control health care costs.

What is the worst that could happen?

The second worst is that the final bill could be defeated and everyone would walk away with yet another failed attempt at reform. (Everyone would understand that very soon we would have to return to start over since the status quo is totally unacceptable.)

The very worst is that this bill could pass and everyone would walk away insisting that we have successfully reformed health care when all we have done is to establish an unnecessary and unethical ten-year long experiment that will cause financial hardship, physical suffering and even death – adverse outcomes that could be prevented with reform based on policy evidence rather than markets.

The goal of completing action on this bill before Christmas, pass or fail, and then walking away is not acceptable. We must set this bill aside and start fresh with a model that would prevent yet another decade of unnecessary grief. That model, of course, is an improved Medicare for all._______________________________________________…