John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog is a good read today, as the “Father of Health Savings Accounts” asks, “What is causing the huge emotional reaction both on the right and the left? To the health bill the Senate passed on Christmas Eve, that is.”
Goodman points out that bill would not solve any of the problems that its proponents talked about. He writes that the bill will not lower health care costs. It will not improve quality of care and probably would not improve the average access to care. But it would do two very important things almost no one has talked about.
- For the first time in U.S. history, we are about to nationalize the health insurance industry; and
- Going forward, no one will ever be able to pay a real price for health insurance again.
At the heart of this is the fact that health insurance plans will be unable to innovate.
“Gone forever will be the ability of insurance companies to creatively and innovatively solve the core problems of cost, quality and access,” writes Goodman. “Insurers will not be able to innovate in these ways because it will be illegal to charge patients or their employers a premium that reflects the value the innovation creates for the patients.”
In the long run, problems are not only not going to be solved. They almost certainly are going to get worse.
Read John Goodman’s entire blog post here: