Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rationing? Already Here

Economist Robert Kuttner writes about people's misplaced anger:

People should be plenty angry about their jobs and their mortgages and
their health insurance. With health care, however, virtually all of the fears
attributed to the Obama health reform efforts more accurately describe the
existing private system.

It is private insurance companies that ration care by deciding
what is covered and what is not. Private plans limit which doctor and hospital
you can use, define "preexisting conditions" and make insurance unaffordable for
tens of millions. For many, all this can cause suffering and sometimes even
death. Our one oasis of socialized medicine, Medicare, has the most choice and
the least exclusion.

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