Put aside all the other criticisms, one thing becomes clear: The plan does nothing to control health care costs, and everything to increase those costs.
There are no market mechanisms to encourage consumers to price shop or to introduce price competition into the health care industry.
To the contrary, the plan continues the trend towards divorcing consumers from price decisions as to services and products; there also is no incentive to decrease demand because a large percentage of the population will receive government subsidies.
Yet because of the new insurance price control mechanism, the private insurance system will not be allowed to recoup the costs of such coverage.
This is a balloon which must burst, and it will several years down the road.
The result of the burst will be a collapse of the private insurance sector, and a government unable to pick up the pieces without severely rationed care (even if coverage remains expansive in theory, the care will not be available).
Will this help or hurt things going into Thursday’s televised ‘healthcare reform summit‘? If Boehner’s response is any indication, it will only hurt because, as he correctly suggests, it’s just more of the same:
The President has crippled the credibility of this week’s summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected. This new Democrats-only backroom deal doubles down on the same failed approach that will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, and slash Medicare benefits.
This week’s summit clearly has all the makings of a Democratic infomercial for continuing on a partisan course that relies on more backroom deals and parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and jam through a massive government takeover of health care.
And if no compromise is reached, we all know what’s next …