Mini-Healthcare Reform

Michael Kinsley makes a useful suggestion on healthcare reform:

Why doesn’t the president give himself a well-deserved treat and slow down a bit on health-care reform? Instead of going for a total overhaul, go for some smaller successes, or what business executives and gorillas call the “low-hanging fruit”? Pick half a dozen, get Congress to swallow them and see where we stand?

And his first low-hanging fruit — malpractice reform — is a fine idea. Unfortunately, next to Big Labor there is no group Democrats are more dependant on than trial lawyers. So we can pretty much cross that one off the list. Next on his list is “eliminating paperwork.” Again, a good idea. But are we to have a Federal Czar of Paperwork enforce the new rules? I can hardly wait for the volumes of regulations on eliminating paperwork. Next is “outcomes research.” That is a nice way of saying “rationing by bureuacrats.” We’ve seen how this turned out in the U.K. and elsewhere. And lastly, Kinsley says we over-use ambulances and emergency rooms, which may be true but the fix is harder than it seems. (Charge poor people for calling an ambulance they don’t need?)

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Mini-Healthcare Reform

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