Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid


So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was:


Do you think that a government-sponsored health insurance option is needed to help control rising costs and “keep insurers honest,” as President Obama says?


 


My response is now live:  Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid.


My main points:


·         How will another government-managed option be better at building a health system that works for the 21st Century than the one we already have (Medicare and Medicaid)?


·         While these programs began with admiral goals and are politically popular, in reality, over the past 40 years, they have done little to control costs or drive innovation.


·         What’s needed is a new framework to drive innovation, better value, improved outcomes and increased access.


Please feel free to comment with your own thoughts on the public option. 

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