August 5, 2010

AND THEY WONDER WHY NO ONE SUPPORTS OBAMACARE?:

Health Care Reform, British Style (NY Times, 8/05/10)

[T]he new coalition government is proposing a sweeping round of reforms intended to eliminate layers of bureaucracy and deliver better, more personalized care by giving primary care doctors more power over treatment decisions and referrals to specialists. That makes sense. There also are risks, particularly for people living in poorer areas with fewer medical resources.

Thoughtful debate will be needed as these proposals are fashioned into detailed legislation — more thoughtful, we can only hope, than the recent highly politicized debates here over health care reform.

Britain’s nationalized system is, of course, hugely different. But the basic issues are the same everywhere: ensuring the widest possible access to care; encouraging innovation to improve care and reduce costs; making sure that profit-making parts of the system do not sacrifice patient health to the corporate bottom line.


In order to try and sell Americans on the need for health reform you have to convince them that your plan will lower their own costs. The Times is honest enough here to acknowledge that's not what they think reform is for.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2010 6:08 AM
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