It’s Quiet Out There
If you are following the healthcare reform debate as closely as I am, you will notice it was very quiet this week. After the release of the House bill last Saturday night, I expected a crazy amount of news coverage all week. I was on Fox News Monday morning talking about the bill, but that was it for me. After thinking about it for a while, I realized why the news was so quiet. There was really nothing new to talk about. Sure the details of the bill came out in terms of the funding mechanisms (see my blog from last week) – the controversial aspects of cost control and true health system reform are quite vague in the House Bill. The Senate will get another crack at this in the coming days and weeks and I do expect to see more details on the cost control/reform side. It will be less expensive than the House version, which we already know. Where this ultimately ends is anyone’s guess. I had planned on talking in great detail about the House bill on my radio show last Thursday (Sirius 114/XM 119 – Thursday 12-2 pm) but we did not even have a chance to bring it up…
For 2 straight hours we were answering phones calls/questions from people who were either unable to obtain healthcare insurance or who did not understand what they should pick/not pick during open enrollment. It became more clear than ever before that so many are dependent on what is going to happen in the upcoming months and then then years to come, and no one really knows what is going to happen. I personally find it very scary. I am pretty certain that no matter what happens, we will retain many of the good aspects of our current system. I also believe we are going to be left with many of the same problems. While it will be a great accomplishment if everyone has access to health insurance and the resulting access to healthcare services, it is going to be an expensive, long, and tortured process to get us close to where we really need to be. I remained committed to explaining the details as they start to materialize and provide my readers with a guide to the reform. Right now, I just do not have anything new to say.
Sit tight though. I will.