Or: You Just Can’t Make This Shit Up
“Health Care Costs Put U.S. at Significant Disadvantage Compared with Global Competitors”
I’ll let you read the details, but short story:
And what do they recommend?
Creating greater consumer value in the health care marketplace by using health information technology and empowering consumers with more information about good quality health care.
Providing more affordable health insurance options for all Americans by creating an open, all-inclusive private market for health insurance and replacing today’s fragmented state-by-state market with multistate markets. To ensure that insurance plans are solvent and meet certain minimum requirements, the role of individual states as the primary regulator should continue. Broader, more competitive markets will create more choices for more health care consumers.
Engaging all Americans in taking an active role in their health care. First, this means placing an obligation on all Americans to obtain health insurance either through their employer or the private market. Second, we must encourage all Americans to participate in employer- or community-based prevention, wellness and chronic care programs.
Offering health coverage and assistance to low-income, uninsured Americans that create a stable and secure public safety net. This assistance would be financed from the cost savings and efficiencies generated by a more competitive and value-driven health care system.
Cross-posted at Asymptosis.