I’ve been suprised by the lack of interest in health care reform this summer, with a real possibility for an initiative to break new ground. There just doesn’t seem to be a groundswell of interest.
To me, the prospect of ever spiralling health care costs bankrupting the country seems reason enough to “do something”. The USA, we’ve long known, spends a lot more than other nations while having health care outcomes that often are exceeded by other nations. And we also know those other nations have single payer health care plans.
I’m not an advocate for single payer – but I am an advocate for cost effective care. I’m not even necessarily an advocate for universal care – though I note that the USA has practically universal care, with costs, I think, currently passed on through the system by jacked up prices. I guess that’s open to debate; my hospital bills certainly don’t have a line item like, say, my Cable TV bill has, for upteen different categories of fees, nor have I run across casual reading on this subject.
Back when Republicans had full control of government, we learned that “entitlements” were going to spiral out of control and consume all of our future income. Their solution? Privatize Social Security, which is just a miniscule part of that problem. The real problem? Health care costs are projected to continue to grow exponentially at an unsustainable rate.
Judging from the CBO’s report on Congresses efforts so far on health care reform, it doesn’t appear that Democrats in congress have much more appetite than Republicans to grapple with the cost control issue.
And I wonder, why not? And why doesn’t the issue of health care reform seem to be capturing the attention of the bloggerati?