Posts Tagged ‘tom daschle’
Last night health care reform died.Â Â What went wrong?Â Â A plethora of explanations from all the usual suspects to follow.Â Â You will hear some rumblings of dissent — press on.
The simple answer:Â everything was wrong. Â This never was about health care reform.Â This was always an attempt at health insurance reform.Â And in that regard it was a miserable failure.Â The bill, as passed by the Senate, was a cruel proposition.Â The ultimate lay away plan: pay me now and you might be able to enjoy your coerced purchase in four years.Â Do you know how much can change in four years?Â Everything.
Where is this train wreck headed?Â Wending its way through the various Senate and House subcommittees, the health care reform debate of 2009 is approaching a crescendo.Â Â Â What do we have to show?Â Â The question I posed in a previous post still has yet to be answered – just what is the problem?Â Is the problem greater access?Â Is the problem escalating insurance premiums?Â Is the problem stratospheric and ruinous hospitalization bills?Â Is the problem rapidly declining quality of care?Â Or is this simply become a matter of whose team wins?Â The bill fails — the president sinks.
Andrew Weil concludes:
But what’s missing, tragically, is a diagnosis of the real, far more fundamental problem, which is that what’s even worse than its stratospheric cost is the fact that American health care doesn’t fulfill its prime directive — it does not help people become or stay healthy.
As I wrote many weeks ago, the health insurance industry will not lose this battle …Â any more than the too-big-to-fail Banks have … all at immense public expense.
Max Baucus‘ political contributions from the health care and finance industry are well documented.Â Now they have enlisted Tom Daschle and Bob Dole.Â Â What a pair — Tweedle Dee and Tweddle Dum.Â Â I have never understood what qualified Tom Daschle as a health care expert?Â Â His ties to the industry?Â A deposed ex-Senate Majority Leader?