Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thanks for nothin' . . .

It seems various components of the medical-industrial complex are offering to restrain rate increases in coming years, ostensibly in "support" of health care reform. What do they want in return? Oh, not much:

The industry groups are trying to get on the administration bandwagon for expanded coverage now in the hope they can steer Congress away from legislation that would restrict their profitability in future years. Insurers, for example, want to avoid the creation of a government health plan that would directly compete with them to enroll middle-class workers and their families. Drug makers worry that in the future, new medications might have to pass a cost-benefit test before they can win approval. And hospitals and doctors are concerned the government could dictate what they get paid to care for any patient, not only the elderly and the poor.

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1 comment:

robin andrea said...

Very disappointing. Why won't they just go away?