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Reforming Health Care

THE TAKEAWAY: Be consistent! If you spend decades "de-marketing" the segments you don't want, don't complain when someone else finds a way to serve them. Otherwise you just look petty and stupid.

A great summary of health care reform, here, from the
NEJM.

Basics for the Massachusetts-like plan include a mandate for everyone to purchase health insurance, and a government-sponsored option for those who can't find private coverage.

Major insurers are now in full roar about a government-sponsored option, calling it "unfair competition" - an interesting position coming from an industry with a decades-long track record of denying coverage, "underwriting out" applicants presenting with so much as a hangnail and studiously avoiding ANY risk that might cost them a farthing.

And now the Feds propose to give options to those stonewalled out of the insurance market. Unfair competition? You be the judge.


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