Paying for Health Care Reform… Is *Redistribution* of Debt (via taxes) a Viable Strategy ?

I have repeatedly reported here that the Congress is having trouble finding the savings necessary to pay for health care reform. The bill will likely cost at least $1.2 trillion over ten years and so far no one has put more than about $300 billion in offsetting savings from the health care system on the table.

As the ,health care reform bill moves further along, it certainly appears that
a significant portion of the “bill” will be payed for by the US
taxpayers. This simply “kicks the can down the road” and moves the burden off the national ledger and onto the consumer’s. True reform, if enacted properly; with cost controls, quality improvements, CER, means testing, etc would decrease the overall financial burden of health care. Unfortunately for the consumer, a perfect storm is setting up. Obama and Congress ARE going to put through a reform package, BUT the special interests are looking at this differently than they did when Hillary Care came around. This time they will not fight most reform efforts. They will simply make sure that they *guide* the process so they don’t share in the cost burden…. that will shift the debt burden to YOU,  ME and our children. JMHO, I hope I’m wrong…


About hjluks

A busy Academic Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Strategist, Chief Medical Officer and father... intently and efficiently navigating the intersection of Social Media and Health Care.
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2 Responses to Paying for Health Care Reform… Is *Redistribution* of Debt (via taxes) a Viable Strategy ?

  1. tjarthur says:

    Great post! Physicians need to get crystal clear about what’s coming down the pipe and hopefully the general public will wake up before its too late. Everyone likes the idea of something for nothing…but most people come to realize there is no such thing.

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