Saturday, August 8, 2009

Charles Krauthammer Proposal For Health Care Is "Phenomenally Stupid"

Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress accurately paints Krauthammer's health care fix as stupid.

Krauthammer writes:
"The plan is so simple it doesn't even have the requisite three parts. Just two: radical tort reform and radically severing the link between health insurance and employment."
Yglesias writes:
"He doesn’t just say that these are good ideas, but that they’re actually sufficient ideas. It’s nuts. Suppose you’re a 52 year-old with a pre-existing medical condition who kinda wants to leave his job and start a new company. Under the current system in the United States, you have a serious problem. Krauthammer’s proposals do nothing for you. Or suppose you had good insurance, got sick, and are now suffering from “rescission” of your policy. He’s got nothing. In Krauthland we’d have endless adverse selection problems and 'solve' the problem of cost largely by having people not get the health care."
I find Yglesias' comments snotty, which is unusual but totally appropriate in relation to Krauthammer ridiculous and flippant ideas. Sphere: Related Content

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If an employee opts to go it on his own, he becomes his own employee and can purchase an individual health policy. My understanding (possibly wrong) is that he has to do it within the 30 day time frame. When I went from private practice to employment I was insurable, despite having a history of lung cancer.

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