Robert Samuelson—Difficult Choices Remain on Spending and Health Care

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Against these downward [price] pressures stand three powerful counter-forces: a reviving economy that eases people’s anxieties about elective spending; an aging society that raises the need for health care; and the start of Obamacare’s insurance mandates in 2014 that expand coverage by 30 million people or more. Those with insurance routinely use more health care than do the uncovered.

Health care poses a dilemma. On the one hand, we all want — for our families and ourselves — the best care available without artificial limits imposed by government regulations or private insurers. On the other, we don’t want soaring health spending to crowd out other government programs or depress take-home pay. The latest spending figures delude if they suggest we’ve overcome that dilemma. The Neanderthal Cure is an ugly stop-gap, nothing more...

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchHealth & Medicine--The 2009 American Health Care Reform Debate* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spendingCorporations/Corporate LifeThe U.S. GovernmentBudgetMedicareThe National DeficitPolitics in GeneralState Government

Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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1. BlueOntario wrote:

Regarding the health care “debate,” I’m curious what the spending of the two sides to lobby for their positions has been relative to what is spent on actual medical services.

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