The Public Health Care Plan: What Seems to Be the Problem?
Posted By Rory Cooper On May 21, 2009 @ 11:37 am In Obamacare | Comments Disabled
Debunking the Myths
- Lower Costs? It’s a shell game. A government plan always looks cheaper, but the reality is that the true costs are hidden. Costs are passed on to providers in administrative costs and lower reimbursements, resulting in a huge cost-shift to private payers  to make up the difference.
- Quality Care? One only needs to look at current government health plans. Medicare has huge gaps  in coverage. And Medicaid’s quality is notoriously bad. The record is clear: They offer substandard care compared to private health insurance, especially in the areas of cancer and cardiac care. These persistent quality deficiencies  are routinely overlooked in discussions of a government health plan.
- Increased Competition? With a public plan, the federal government would create the rules for the “game” in which it plans to compete. But the government would not just be a neutral umpire in the game . It would also own one of the competing teams, namely the public plan.
- The Public Plan Won’t Crowd Out Private Insurance? It’s impossible to believe that Congress and the Administration could resist setting rules —and interpreting those rules—in favor of their own public plan. Independent estimates show that as many as 119 million Americans would no longer be in private coverage.
- The End Goal Is Not Single-Payer? As Congresswoman Schakowsky  will tell you, the end goal is definitely a single-payer system. That’s why many supporters of a single-payer system , where the government runs the whole health system, are suddenly converts to choice and private competition as long as there is a public plan.
Don’t Drink the Complimentary Kool-Aid
- Using Free Market Language Doesn’t Make It a Free Market: Proponents of a public health care plan  use descriptive language like “competition,” “choice,” and “level playing field” to give a false impression  that their policies are consistent with market principles. In reality, these policies are the very opposite  of a free market.
- The President Will Never Have Enough to Pay for It: President Obama would like the American public to believe that he can pay for his plan. These promises are more hopeful than real, whether it’s voluntary cost-saving  by the health care community, savings from a new global warming tax, or “sin” taxes on soda and potato chips. What next? 
An Alternative Prescription
Article printed from The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org
URL to article: http://blog.heritage.org/2009/05/21/the-public-health-care-plan-what-seems-to-be-the-problem/
URLs in this post:
 huge cost-shift to private payers: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2267.cfm
 Medicare has huge gaps: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2441.cfm
 persistent quality deficiencies: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2264.cfm
 a neutral umpire in the game: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed032709c.cfm
 could resist setting rules: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/08/the-video-single-payer-health-care-activists-dont-want-you-to-see/
 single-payer system: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2381.cfm
 public health care plan: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2263.cfm
 give a false impression: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/14/this-is-a-big-government-plan/
 very opposite: http://www.foundry.org/2009/04/23/the-public-health-plan-%e2%80%9ctrojan-horse%e2%80%9d/
 voluntary cost-saving: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/21/the-obama-administrations-2-trillion-health-care-fantasy/
 What next?: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/12/morning-bell-obama-trek-the-search-for-more-money/
 allow states to develop solutions: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2445.cfm
 back to individuals and families: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2448.cfm
 Give Americans a true consumer-choice system: http://www.foundry.org/2009/05/19/what-real-bipartisan-health-care-reform-looks-like/
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