Friday, July 31, 2009

Krauthammer 7/31/09

Obammacare: The Coming Retreat

My take on Charles Krauthammer's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: The costs of Health Care are prohibitive. Obama has been using accounting tricks to disguise them. The Congressional Budget Office gave the lie to them. Now it's busted.

Whatever structural reforms dribble out of Congress before the August recess will likely not survive the year. In the end, Obama will have to settle for something very modest. And indeed it will be health-insurance reform.

My Views: It has always seemed to me that the real problem is too few doctors. I saw somewhere that the number of medical schools has actually declined in the last decade. They're too costly. That's where the country ought to put its healthcare priorities: more doctors.

Insurance seems to be driven by malpractice suits. Legal reform to cut the lawsuits would help there.

Charles Krauthammer is a more establishment columnist. He came to punditry by way of psychiatry (at Massachusetts General Hospital) via the New Republic Magazine. He appears on TV where you never see his wheelchair. Here's his Wiki bio.

He wrote a book which is pictured at the right. I am drawn by the substance and the thinking than any particular writing flair.