new new health

Friday, April 30th, 2004

Boy, the story of New Medicare is pretty darned scary.

A story of lobbying.
The structuring of voting. The longest 15 minute vote on history.
Cost estimation gone nuts.

Not good.


2 responses to “new new health”

  1. gibb says:

    If there is one political issue that I could afford to channel effort and passion into, it would be the Medicare and Medicaid programs. I visualize it as a house that has had each repair made over its lifetime showing as a sloppy cage of boards coverup until to date, what may have once been a tidy little ranch has become a rambling 200 room structure of matchsticks.

    On the one hand I could scream about what taxpayers into the Medicare system have put into it yet are denied adequate medical coverage, and on the other I could cry about the fact that Medicare pays a huge premium in inflated costs (as government purchasing is known to do) and themselves (us) are getting screwed by the medical and pharmaceutical companies. Medicaid is a whole other ballgame.

    The monstrosity we have built in this health care system is, in my opinion, ready to be razed to the ground and rebuilt from scratch because it has been so damaged by volleys coming from all directions and so held together by mere band-aids and crutches that it is almost impossible at this point to salvage.

  2. Christopher says:

    Ah yes Medicare and Medicaid. At this point the money being spent on them should be enough to provide far better coverage to far more people. There are numerous cost issues where Medicare is overcharged and/or not allowed to negotiate (drug prices) and so in the end those on Medicare end up suffering.

    I used to work at a company that supplied home health materials (hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen, etc) and so I’m familiar with what those items cost and what is charged and the profit margins involved. It’s disgusting.

    It’s things like this that make me think that socialized medicine is the way to go.