Reviewing The Bidding On Health Insurance Cost Control

For the benefit of ConservaDems and Blue Dogs, let's review the bidding on cost controls and deficit reduction in the various health care reform proposals:

(1) Conrad's Co-ops Are Useless.

(2) Wyden's Exchanges Are Useless.

(3) Robust Public Option Saves $110 Billion.

Who are the deficit hawks again?

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    That'll work nicely as long as (none / 0) (#1)
    by vicndabx on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 10:38:08 AM EST
    Doctors, hospitals and other providers all agree to accept substantially lower payments for a whole new group of patients.

    They won't (none / 0) (#2)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 10:49:13 AM EST
    if they don't now.  Just as it is now, in markets where they have to accept low reimbursements because they don't have enough higher-reimbursement patients available, they'll cram their schedules so they're still making okay money.  If they can't do that, they'll leave the market.  In markets where they can attain a high enough patient load without accepting the low reimbursements, they'll refuse to accept the low reimbursement patients.

    And the bottom line is it'll simply mean more competition for patients to obtain access to doctors who accept the low reimbursements.


    I'm all for a public option (none / 0) (#3)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 10:51:46 AM EST
    I'm not for modeling it after the Medicare reimbursement strategy.

    the alternative (none / 0) (#4)
    by CST on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 10:57:22 AM EST
    is no care for these people at all.  I bet people who don't have any care will be okay with having to go to whatever doctor they can get.

    The downside here is more competition for those already on government aid.  But I'm not really ok with denying millions of people care so that others can have less competition for doctors.


    Doesn't it also depend on where (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by nycstray on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 12:50:32 PM EST
    you live? My parents don't seem to have any problem finding Drs and my mom says that whenever she needs to see another, they always refer one for her.

    As one with no care at all, that sounds pretty darn good to me . . .


    Wouldn't it be fairer to put Ezra Klein's (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 11:15:33 AM EST
    name in the third link somehow?  Or a positive call out?

    No (none / 0) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 11:25:39 AM EST
    He is not the CBO.

    I hate all those h/ts and links to links. (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 11:59:02 AM EST