Time to give up on health care reform? And other updates…

A third of Dems say they’re less likely to vote in the 2010 election if public option doesn’t pass. Only 7% say they’re more likely.

Last week Lieberman said he didn’t know how anybody could decide which way they’d vote on the health care bill before they saw the actual language (which still hasn’t been shown to anyone). Yet, yesterday Lieberman decided he was going to filibuster the bill if it included the Medicare buy-in that he had previously said he was fine with.

Washington Post says the next 48 hours are crucial, if Senate wants to pass reform before Christmas.

Robert Reich is not happy about where health care “reform” is heading.

Ezra Klein on Lieberman’s lack of principles. Ezra thinks Lieberman is simply doing all of this to get back at liberals. Hell of a way for a US Senator to decide which way to vote on legislation affecting the lives of millions.

NYCeve at DailyKos is asking everyone to help “Remove Hadassah Lieberman as paid shill for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”

And Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters says maybe it’s time to just give up on the entire bill:

After months of negotiation, compromise, and horse-trading, we’re getting close to a health reform bill that will come to a vote – probably in the next couple or three weeks. There’s much work to be done to get to the magic sixty Senate votes, but it looks like no compromise, concession, or giveaway is too big to stand in the way of this must-pass (for the Democrats) legislation.

Yet after all this, we’re going to end up with a bill that won’t work – it will not appreciably reduce health care costs today, tomorrow, ever.

Sure, we’ll end up with lots more Americans covered, better/smarter regulation of insurers, and maybe even lower Medicare costs. But ten years from now, the system will be pretty much the same – a fee-for-service based health system with costs increasing well above inflation.

Why, you say? Aren’t there cost controls in the bill? Pilot programs that promise to reduce cost inflation by rationalizing the care delivered to patients?

No, there aren’t. What we have is a mishmash of ideas that have long been on the table, demonstrated to work, and completely without traction. Not to mention the huge costs not addressed in the current bill – like the current quarter-billion dollar deficit in the Medicare physician reimbursement program, a deficit that will have to be added to the total cost of any reform initiative that changes how docs are compensated under Medicare.


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