Some Healthcare Commentary
By Consumers Union on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Jonathon Cohn writes about some of the pitfalls and problems that health reformers have been trying to avoid. “But making sure people can keep their insurance turns out to be harder than it sounds. It’s been an ongoing preoccupation for staff working on reform, both in the administration and on Capitol Hill.”
Paul Krugman makes the point that the Swiss have a hybrid public/private healthcare system and that it is working well for them. “Switzerland offers the clearest example: everyone is required to buy insurance, insurers can’t discriminate based on medical history or pre-existing conditions, and lower-income citizens get government help in paying for their policies.”
Finally, James Kwak wonders whether it is more important to focus on coverage or costs. “[Healthcare reform] must increase coverage, which costs money; it must reduce costs, to avoid increasing the deficit; and it must do so without being perceived as threatening people’s current healthcare.