The Washington Post: Is Health Care Spending A Stealth Jobs Program?
Here is the most interesting fact about the economy that you've never heard: Without health-care spending, the rest of the economy is barely producing more than it did in late 2007, just before the start of the Great Recession. We've spent 5½ years struggling to get back where we were, and many industries are hardly making it. ... Health spending accounts for almost half the economy's meager overall gain (Robert J. Samuelson, 8/21).
The Washington Post: The GOP's Obamacare Youth Hoax
It's rare for a political party to trumpet a position that unintentionally reveals its myopia, incoherence and expediency. Yet such is the trifecta with the Republican campaign to call attention to Obamacare's young "victims." Republicans are obsessed with the supposed injustice being done to some healthy young people who will effectively subsidize their sicker elders when Obamacare's individual mandate takes effect (Matt Miller, 8/21).
The Wall Street Journal: The Man Who Was Treated For $17,000 Less
Let consumers and providers interact through market forces to drive down prices and drive up quality, like we do when we buy groceries, clothing, cars, computers, etc. Drop the focus on prepaid health plans and return to the days of real health insurance-;that covers major, unforeseen events, leaving the everyday expenses to the consumer-;just like auto and homeowners' insurance. Sadly, we are heading in the exact opposite direction. ObamaCare expands the role of the third party and practically eliminates the role-;and the say-;of the patient in the delivery of health care (Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer, 8/21).
The Wall Street Journal: Republicans Do Have Ideas For Health Care
Many congressional Republicans, such as Oklahoma's Sen. Tom Coburn and Wyoming's Sen. Mike Enzi, have long advocated making health insurance completely portable so workers can take their plans with them from job to job. This means giving individuals who buy coverage for themselves a tax advantage similar to the one that employers enjoy when they cover employees. That change also could make coverage more affordable for the self-employed and even universal for all workers (Karl Rove, 8/21).
JAMA: Health Care Safety-Net Ambivalence
I'm conflicted about the health care safety net. I say this as someone who has worked as a primary care physician in a public hospital for more than 25 years. ... There's something truly inspiring about working shoulder to shoulder with those who attempt to combat social injustice by helping patients who seek care in the safety net. But the inconvenient truth is that the safety net often lets these patients down. The safety net does not achieve a level of performance found in non–safety-net institutions (Dr. Andrew Bindman, 8/21).