Tuesday, November 03, 2009

She who frames the healthcare debate...wins.

When the topic of healthcare reform took center stage this summer, I felt that "healthcare reform" had suddenly become code for "let's change health insurance." 

I was certain that I was missing something.  It's like the "3.5M jobs saved or created" metric which I wrote about last March.  I thought I was the only one disturbed by how stimulus programs would be measured and conveyed to the public, because I wasn't seeing or hearing views similar to my own. 
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Back to the issue of healthcare reform.  The reform measure that counts, is the one that lowers healthcare costs for patients.  That should be how we frame the national discussion and measure success or failure.  Is an expanded insurance pool run by the government going to achieve this goal? 

Lowering the cost of that pill, that surgery, that MRI, whatever it is -- would benefit us all.  I do not see how the House bill will lower health care costs.  

Agree or not, the sleight of hand here is that President Obama, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, etc. have successfully shifted the focus from lowering healthcare costs, to demonizing the health insurance industry to obtain government control and thus delight their base.

If their bill passes, everyone will be 'covered' by virtue of a new mechanism.  That new mechanism is government-mandated, taxpayer funded, healthcare reform -- which of course is not reform at all -- unless you frame the debate to look that way.