I was just watching cable news and the CEO of Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Delos Cosgrove, was being asked by reporter Shapiro his thoughts on the health care bill.
Three points stuck out, cost, disease control and hospitals will have to share.
The CEO said how will health care be paid we are not sure, this administration is not even sure. What a marvelous plan!
Disease control such as smoking and obesity will have to be addressed. Are we ready for more social police telling you what to do, eat and behave?
And sharing amongst hospitals to afford this big bill. In other words maybe in time one hospital system which means of course less choice and in the end inferior service. You get what we got and thats it.
You wanted socialism, well its cometh!
GC: A lot of people watching the health-care debate are thinking that they're going to see their costs stop rising.
The total bill for health care for the country is going to continue to go up. Individual costs may come down in terms of what people pay for insurance, but they're going to pay for it in a different way -- in taxes, one way or another.
GC: President Obama has to some extent demonized the insurance companies. What's their proper role in the system?
We're going to have to have some form of insurance, whether it's run by the government or run privately. Insurance runs on the basis that everybody contributes, whether you're sick or not, and it's there for you when you are sick, and the people who are well help support the people who are not. We're going to have to have some sort of pooling of financial support.
Most countries have a two-part system: They have a government program, and on top of that they have the ability to have private insurance. I hate to think that we're going to have a two-tiered system in the U.S., but we may well. (The reason a lot of people opt for a two-tiered system is because in most cases what the government provides fails so you need a back up plan- CKM)