Health Care Industry Jumping on Board With Health Care Reform?

Today, all the major players in the health care industry, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, Advamed, the California Hospital Association, the Greater New York Hospital Association, and SEIU, are releasing a letter promising to aid health care reform effort by cutting health care spending by 1.5 percentage points over the next 10 years. That’s $2 trillion!

Needless to say this is a very big deal for a two big reasons:

1. Remember 1994 when the medical-industrial complex teamed up to kill the Clinton universal health care initiative? Millions of dollars and vicious attack ads later, public and congressional support for eroded and health care reform is dead. This is the exact opposite of that. Now the weight of these big hitters are on the side of health care reform. That’s a lonely political island that opponents of health care, ie Republicans, are going to be left on.

2. Arguably more important than the health industry’s commitment to reducing spending is the way they’re going to cut costs:

In the letter the groups deliver to Obama on Monday, they will call for (among other things) creating electronic medical records, streamlining billing systems, linking payment to quality measurements, and encouraging the use of evidence-based guidelines. Taken together, the groups will say, these measures can reduce the annual rise in health care spending by 1.5 percentage points a year.

I think I just got hard…

These cost cutting measures not only save money, they drastically improve health care quality. As we know, electronic medical records save lives. Evidence based guidelines save lives, and linking payment to quality saves lives.

Krugman is excited, Jon Cohn is excited, and Ezra is skeptical. Still, this is major news.

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One thought on “Health Care Industry Jumping on Board With Health Care Reform?

  1. PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTHCARE IS AN OXYMORON!

    As congress debates fixing Americas current private for profit healthcare disaster, global embarrassment, and national disgrace. The question is not weather we will have a public option. But rather what kind of public option we will have.

    America is the only country in the developed world that has a GREED DRIVEN! PROFIT DRIVEN! IMMORAL! UNETHICAL! PRIVATE FOR PROFIT! healthcare delivery system.

    As a result, hundreds of thousands of you are needlessly killed by your healthcare delivery system in America every year. And millions of you are crippled and injured. America is the only country in the developed World that does not have a NOT FOR PROFIT, PATIENT PROTECTING, government managed healthcare delivery option for all it’s people.

    America currently has the most costly health care system in the developed world. And the lowest quality of healthcare in the developed world. And the most dangerous, deadly, and FEARED! healthcare delivery system in the developed world.

    America is the only healthcare delivery system in the developed World that does not cover all it’s people automatically. And America has the most difficult healthcare system to access in the developed World.

    Contact your representative and tell then that a single payer, government managed healthcare option is a must for everyone that wants it. Tell them that you demand that the public option be the finest in the World.

    Tell them it should be available to everyone that wants it as a HUMAN RIGHT! Tell them it should be the easiest to access in the entire world. Tell them it should have the highest quality, with the greatest patient protections in the entire world. Tell them coverage should be automatic for everyone that wants it unless they choose to opt out. Tell them it should be the most affordable in the World. And tell them that NO ONE in the public option is to be reported to a credit agency, or driven into bankruptcy for unpaid medical bills just because they got sick, for FREEK’EN SAKES!

    Tell them, none of the requirements above are negotiable. Tell them, that we are prepared to remove them from office. Tell them, we will rain down the political FIRES OF HELL! on any of them that would betray the American people. Or continue to compromise the life, health, safety, and National security of the American people for the GREED DRIVEN, PROFIT DRIVEN! private for profit Healthcare Industry.

    TELL THEM NOW! AND PASS THE WORD ON.

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith — WORKING CLASS

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