National Health Reform Plans Start Rising
Folks are beginning to believe national health reform will be a real possibility beginning in 2009 with a new president and Congress. And reform proposals are starting to advance. Here's a Lewin Group analysis of the "Health Care for America" plan to create a new national health insurance pool modeled after Medicare that calls for employers, individuals and the federal government to share responsibility, a national "pay-or-play" model developed by the Economic Policy Institute. From today's Kaiser Report:
According to the report, the proposal would reduce the number of uninsured U.S. residents by 46.5 million people, or 97.3% of the uninsured. The report also finds the program would control health care spending by limiting provider payment increases, negotiating deeper prescription drug discounts and streamlining administration. The report estimates that under the proposal, total national health spending from 2008 through 2017 would be about $1.04 trillion less than under the current system.