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Health Reform Summit: More Theater of the Absurd or Gettin’ it Done?

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So where’s the ‘smart money’ on the likely net take away from the health reform summit, or as the more cynical would say ‘Obama health care photo-op’?

I suppose the prevailing sentiment would say hey it’s Washington, and therefore more theater with sound byte positioning for ‘ideologue base speak’ is the best we can expect. But might there be another way to frame this event, and its potential to yield one or more tangible deliverables for the health reform imperative?

As has been chronicled elsewhere, while Americans remain divided on key provisions of Senate and House approved bills, certain provisions are quite popular among majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans. When coupled with a national mood that is pretty fed up with finger pointing, and the relentless blame game, seasoned with recent revelations of obscene Anthem or Blue Cross individual health insurance premium rate increase requests in Michigan (56%) and California (39%), it just may be possible to hold these politicians accountable to the American people.

Lets face it, while its been a long and painful process to observe (especially the Senate Finance committee) or engage in, clearly the subject of the American health care delivery system, and its failing financing paradigm is a top of mind issue even for Joe Six-pack and those who might otherwise not give the subject the time of day.

So the time is now, ‘the whole world is watching’, and yes, failure is NOT an option. A bill must be signed that fully embraces the initial ‘Obama-care 101: The president’s 8 principles‘ or the more recently published  ‘Presidents Proposal for Health Reform‘.

For those of you who will not consume the health reform summit live, here is Ezra Klein’s ‘A Viewer’s Guide to Health Care Summit‘ courtesy of the Washington Post.

So Tweeps, lets get ‘er done!


Written by 2healthguru

February 24, 2010 at 11:05 PM

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  1. Thanks Michael: For me, one indicia of ‘success’ is reviving the ‘Medicare buy-in’ for the 55-64 demographic; to balance revenues with plan costs (and not be a Government give away), build it on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP). With its wholesale purchasing leverage, and plan standardization, premiums would be considerably more competitive, than a piecemeal approach via a federal, or worse yet, a state patchwork of health insurance exchanges (HIEs), all with substantially diminished negotiating leverage.

    Thanks for your comment!


    February 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM

  2. “Failure is not an option.” The results of the conference that will start in an hr, depends on how you measure success. If success means that a process of bipartisan cooperation begins, then failure is assured. If success means that the teleprompter is operational, then the conference will be a rousing success. I have very low expectations judging by what has happened over the past year. Six more hours won’t make a difference. http://bit.ly/dfJRMU

    Michael Kirsch, M.D.

    February 25, 2010 at 7:05 AM

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