Sep 17, 2009

Obama-Baucus plan and a second opinion: from doctors

The Wall Street Journal sums up Obama-Baucus public option lite in a vey few words:

"... the Baucus-Obama plan would increase the cost of insurance and then force people to buy it, requiring subsidies. Those subsidies would be paid for by taxes that make health care and thus insurance even more expensive, requiring even more subsidies and still higher taxes. It's a recipe to ruin health care and bankrupt the country..."
Includes higher taxes, heavy subsidies, individual mandate, funding for abortions, the whole nine yards...

What's doctors have to say?

IBD is running a series on doctor's views on the issue (and I highly doubt you'll find it in your regular primetime TV newscast):

65% of doctors oppose healthcare reform as presented so far, and they summarize their position with 21 objections. (Tomorrow they will publish the numbers and reasons of those physicians that are for it).
"Doctor opposition to health care overhaul proposals is broad and deep, revealing concerns not just about soaring costs, declining care, possible rationing and a lack of limits on malpractice suits, but also about government competence and motives, detailed responses to a new IBD/TIPP Poll show."

One thing I didn't see anywhere in the special report was the proper dissection of the so called 47 million of uninsured, which is, in real life, a much lower number.

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