Sunday, August 16, 2009
Obama Considers Insurance Co-ops
All it took was ranting crazies talking about "death squads" and the Obama administration is caving on health care. No public option..no health care reform. The idea of a "health co-op" is unproven anywhere in the world. There is no model to tell us how it would work, how it would deliver care or how much money it would cost.
The healthcare industry loves the idea of co-ops and says it would provide the competition needed for real choice. Well guess what? We already have competition between insurers. We have Blue Cross, Anthem, Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United Health Care and hundreds of others to choose from. Do we need more choices that we cannot afford? Will the co-op be required to take the people with pre-existing conditions? How would a co-op hold down costs?
With the world wide embarrassment of thousands of people lining up in Los Angeles for free health care, you would think the white house could sail through true reform. Was it audacious to hope that we could really have change?
The Health Care Bill will not be effective without a public option. We will spin around for another few years appeasing insurance companies who support this compromise. We will remain the only major industrialized country in the world without national health care.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 4:05 PM