I jokingly told a friend of mine that with all the tea bags people brought during the tax revolt protest last month, United States residents could have had a decent health care plan.
So, an interesting story came out today about how the health care industry told the Obama administration that they promised to cut $2 trillion dollars in costs over the next 10 years.
Industry officials told President Obama they would slow rate increases by 1.5 percentage points a year by improving coordination, focusing on efficiency and embracing better technology and regulatory reform.
Government economists say the shaved costs would create breathing room to help provide health insurance to an estimated 50 million Americans who now do not have it.
This was “a watershed event” Obama declared in the White House’s State Dining Room as he announced the voluntary offer made to the White House Monday by a consortium of hospitals, insurance companies, drug makers and doctors.
He also commented, “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is achieved in the United States of America.”
The proposal sounds good for now, but it’s far from the solution. The real solution is to stop running health care as a business. A proposed health care system that doesn’t eliminate deductibles, co-pays, and premiums will not work.
The health care system in the United States is a disaster. Anything short of a complete overhaul won’t work!