Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Reports from the CBO that a Universal Health Coverage Bill would be budget neutral are obviously based on the third kind of lie (namely statistics). Commonhealth sums up the effects of the bill like so:

The legislation:

  1. gets rid of employer based insurance (employers that contribute to coverage would give employees that money at first, and eventually shift to a federal health coverage tax)
  2. requires all Americans to have health insurance
  3. offers subsidized coverage up to 400% FPL (Mass is up to 300%)
  4. sets up purchasing pools (like the Connector)

Could someone please point out to me where this plan gives health care providers an incentive to provide efficient, high-quality care? It seems to me that insuring all our uninsured citizens will never pay for itself in a system that thrives on inefficiency – as the current system does. Adding inefficiency couldn’t possibly pay for itself.

Ending employer based insurance is potentially a good thing. Requiring everyone to buy insurance looks like an incentive for more inefficiency and even price gouging. And one of my senators is sponsoring this. I think he should have his head examined.

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2 Responses to Willing Suspension of Disbelief

  1. Carl Miller says:

    Holy Groan!
    I haven’t been following bills so I didn’t see this come up. Your analysis is spot on.

  2. David says:

    Funny you should say that. I was listening to a radio program exploring this bill (after writing my post) and have decided to suspend my knee-jerk reaction (as posted above) and keep watching this bill before I make a final decision. I still have concerns, but the bill is in the formative stages and might yet merit support.

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