Thursday, July 16, 2009

McCotter Makes Fun of Dems Health Plan

Republicans think the Democrats' health care plan is a Faustian web of Washington bureaucracy. To make their case they're doing exactly what they did in 1994, when President Clinton unveiled his plan, they're circulating a chart with lots of pretty colors, boxes, lines and acronyms. It's meant to confuse people and make light of the Democrats' plan.

Thaddeus McCotter had this to say about it:
It might make for a lovely board game but it makes for horrible health care system.
McCotter obviously never had to deal with HMO's, referrals, denial of claims, etc. Or, as Jonathan Cohn put it:
But these charts--and, more important, the Republicans who use them as propoganda--tend to ignore one inconvenient fact: American health care is already complex. Ridiculously complex. Thanks to decades of haphazard, disorganized growth, it's evolved into a mind-numbing web of institutions, agencies, businesses, and individual actors. And while that may be self-evident to anybody who's ever had to deal with, say, a billing dispute between an insurer and hospital, it's easy to lose sight of that when the discussion is all about what reform might do--rather than what health care would be like without it.
TNR developed their own chart (with the help of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) illustrating just how byzantine our system has become. McCotter should check out.

Actually, if bureaucracy is a problem for Republicans, they might want to get on board with single-payer.
Single payer reform... would eliminate the bewildering patchwork of private insurance plans with their exorbitant overhead and profits, as well as the costly paperwork burdens they impose on providers. These savings on bureaucracy - nearly $400 billion annually – are sufficient to cover all of the uninsured and to provide first dollar coverage for all Americans.

(Cross-posted at Blogging for Michigan.)


Frogette said...

What do you want to bet it's the same damned chart?! They have no imagination.

Anonymous said...

The ironic thing is...

Both would become much simpler if you took the government out completely.

Personally, if I was you, I would stop talking about the 'complexity' angle, because frankly, it's a logical dead end for you. The most obvious, pinnacle, of simplicity would be a chart system composed of insurers and their customers combined with their medical providers.

Obviously there's criticism to that, but since we're only discussing simplicity - I thought I might as well bring up some of your logical fallacies as they appeared.

Lew Scannon said...

Isn't it funny that those who don't want to subsidize (or socialize) or health care industry have no problem with socializing our defense industry so that rich men can get richer fighting wars that only benefit them?

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