Thursday, October 8, 2009

Root and Branch Reform

The Baucus Bill just isn't.

Ezra Klein looks at the CBO analysis of the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill and concludes the proposed new health care system "will look a lot like our old health-care system."

"Unless you're uninsured, or on the individual market, this bill is not expected to affect you. CBO estimates that 29 million Americans who would've otherwise been uninsured will be covered. That's a very big deal. Five million Americans who would otherwise have been left to the individual market will find a better option. And 3 million Americans who would've otherwise been in employer-based health insurance will be on the exchanges or, in some cases, on Medicaid. The insurance exchanges are projected to serve 23 million people come 2019, and 18 million of the members will be low-income and on subsidies."

The bottom line: "It makes a lot of things a bit better, but it's not root-and-branch reform."
Two problems with this. Mediocrity entices Senators. They can say the supported the reform, and cost cutting and in the end still happily roll in large piles of money from the insurance industry. But mediocrity doesn't bring voters to the polls. A lukewarm public reception over something as 'big' as 'health care reform' spells electoral trouble.

Not to mention little change to our ballooning health care costs.

Baucus isn't leading, so why are so many eager to follow?

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