18 March 2010

Politifact vets HCR claims

Top 10 facts to know about health care reform


This is actually a pretty fair and reasonable smmary of the bill.  I particularly liked the first point, which echoed my recent post:
1. The plan is not a government takeoverof health care like in Canada or Britain.The government will not take over hospitals or other privately run health care businesses. Doctors will not become government employees, like in Britain. And the U.S. government intends to help people buy insurance from private insurance companies, not pay all the bills like the single-payer system in Canada. The key parts of the current U.S. system -- employer-provided insurance, Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor -- would stay in place. The government would create health insurance exchanges for people who have to buy insurance on their own, so they could more easily compare plans and prices.
I might quibble with the phrasing of a couple of the points on technicalities, but overall, it's fair and unbiased, which is itself a rarity these days, and it gets the policy details more or less right, which is an even rarer and perhaps more valuable thing.  Worth a read.


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