Regarding the stalled health care negotiations, Somedem asks: “Will it ever happen?”. Well… I don’t know, but maybe we shouldn’t be surprised it’s overdue. This is tough stuff.
Apropos of the Globe article today, and the WBUR story (Martha Bebinger with more great work), I don’t have a lot to add; last night I summed up the possible leverage we might have in influencing the debate. I do think it’s fascinating how Travaglini says he’s “very concerned”, and DiMasi is “optimistic.” Who’s right? That’s the juiciest question of all at this point. Any Beaconologists out there want to tell us?
I have a hypothesis — a hunch: The difference in perception comes from what one sees as “politically viable.” Stay with me…
If you listened to the ‘BUR story this morning, you heard from a number of jes’ folks who would be affected by the personal mandate — and by and large, they don’t like it. Go figure. We’ve been saying for months — David even more vociferously than I — that even heavily subsidized for lower-income folks, this would be a really hard sell.
Now, regarding the employer mandate, the Boston Globe op-ed page recently threw up its hands and said that in the face of business opposition, we should just give up on this. Now, the problem is that it’s pretty popular among jes’ folks. And as Joan Vennochi states, if we’re going to have an employer-based health care system, then employers need to provide health care.
So, if they do the employer mandate, there’s a business revolt. If they do the Mitt thing and impose a personal mandate, jes’ folks revolt. If they leave tons of people uninsured, as Travaglini would seem to prefer, they squander an enormous opportunity, we activists are mighty chuffed, some hard-earned reputations are tarnished (that’s you, Trav, and you, Sen. Moore) and I would guess that even Mitt is a little disappointed; call it what you want, but Trav-Care ain’t nohow Universal Health Coverage.
When we find out who’s blowing smoke and who’s talking turkey among Happy Sal and Sad Trav … we may know where this thing is going.