Dems Emphasize Cost Control and Prevention in Debate
All 4 candidates who had a chance to speak on Health Care emphasized cost control and prevention!
John Edwards,who to his credit,set the mark on health care reform by releasing a detailed plan a few months ago, also spoke about one of my favorite topics-mental health parity-undoubted a re-energized issue after the tragedy at Virgina Tech on Monday a week ago.I wrote about mental health parity last year on this blog -see Tues.April 4, 2006
Barack Obama said straight out and forthright " The second thing,I think,that we're going to have to do is make sure that we control costs" since he notes in U.S. we spend much more and get less!
Hillary Clinton said "we have to control and decrease costs for everyone... We have to cover everybody but we've got to improve quality...We can save money within the existing system. I am not ready to put new money into a system that doesn't work until we've tried to figure out how to get the best outcome through the money we already have" said Hillary- not being afraid to harken back to 93/94 when the insurance companies and pharmmaceutical companies made the american public "nervous" about her and Bill Clinton's plan.
Bill"no new taxes for health care" Richardson said flat out "I would focus on prevention... We need to focus more on deterring these diseases like diabetes that is 30 percent of our Medicare cost"
Now mind-you the phrase "cost-control" scares people because they automatically believe that means less care. It does not! We are at a point on the U.S. bio-medical technology curve where more is not always better! It actually might be harmful. Cost control can mean better-"first do no harm"-care and prevention.
Yet we have the paradox of some segments of our population getting no to minimal basic care? These fellow citizens need basic care now!
The demographic destiny of 77 million U.S. baby boomers beginning to utilize a high tech expensive economically unsustainable "disease care" system and gobbling up more and more expensive medications, many of which are unsafe, is indeed a freightening economic prospect. The head of the U.S. GAO Comptroller General David Walker calls it an "economic tsunami" - especially his Medicare cost projections.
I personally support a modified HR 676 - The Conyers/Kucinich, single payer- "Medicare for all" bill.But not in its present form. The bill must be modified to include a hefty dose of both individual AND institutional prevention! The prevention strategies must be implemented with fairness and compassion
Good for the Dems last night. Some of the leading candidates got it right on Health Care Reform- the domestic issue that could very well elect one of them to the U.S. presidency in November of 2008.
Dr. Rick Lippin