If you’re unhappy with health care, you’re obviously not alone. For most people, the problem isn’t availability. The problem is cost – cost of treatment, cost of prescriptions, cost of insurance, or cost of paying for the uninsured.
For more than 60 years, government has tinkered with the way we pay for health care. Unfortunately, when government "solutions" fail, lawmakers rarely admit their mistakes and go back to square one. Instead, they layer more dubious solutions on top of those that failed until the problem becomes so intractable that far more people suffer from the solution than from the original problem.
Last year, the state legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Health Care Reform and charged it with divining a proposal to expand coverage, reduce the number of uninsured and decrease costs. (After that, curing cancer should be a snap.)
A final recommendation is due this November, but the BRC now appears headed toward a nightmare "solution" consisting of higher taxes, lower wages and fewer choices. (more…)