Thursday, January 07, 2010

Health Care Bleg

To my liberal friends, how is this thing supposed to work? I see little that will cause more people or employers to ensure. The penalties associated with the individual mandate are not high enough and the 8% tax would seem to be inadequate to incentivize those employers who currently do not provide insurance to provide it or to generate sufficient income to cover those uninsured persons. The limitations on insurer underwriting and actuarially determined premiums seems certain to raise premiums and the mandated coverage of preexisting conditions seems to create an incentive for persons to wait to insure until they need it.

If this is a first step toward single payer coverage, it seems to be a step calculated to screw up health care so much that single payer begins to look more palatable?

17 comments:

Billiam said...

You pretty much hit on it mr. Rick. The worst kept secret is that Single Payer is the endgame. Always has been. The State is god for these people.

Jo Egelhoff, FoxPolitics.net said...

Exactly. this mandate/incentive/'punishment' business makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

Things were much better when religions owned most hospitals but, the war on religion continues to victimize us all.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the CBO is mortified that they forgot to ask you first.

Rick Esenberg said...

IF I thought the CBO had answered these questions, I wouldn't ask.

Anonymous said...

In case your questions aren't just rhetorical:

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/basics.cfm#explaininghealthcarereformseries

Rick Esenberg said...

My question was not rhetorical, but I found no answers there.

Anonymous said...

First the reforms aren't going to do anything, then they're going to do so much as to make single payer more palatable. Makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Your liberal friends don't know how this is supposed to work either. We wanted socialized healthcare, remember? Not the worthless lose-lose compromise this became.

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