In the wake of the MA disaster, Obama sez, vis-a-vis health care
I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on.
By "people" he means the insurance industry and Republicans. I suspect that everyone is going to coalesce around the idea of mandates. And everyone will coalesce around the concept of not forcing the industry to pay for people who are actually ill.
"We know that we have to have some form of cost containment..."
Nothing in the present bill contains cost. Folks in single-payer countries pay far less per capita for health care than we do. Single-payer would have lopped 30% off of costs like that
, but Obama made sure that single-payer was a non-starter. And the Dems in Congress made sure that there would be no drug re-importation from Canada, an idea that John McCain favored.
So how are we going to contain costs? Near as I can tell, the only method of cost containment that "everyone" (defined as the insurance industry and the Republicans) can "coalesce" around will be not providing coverage
. Recission. Not covering people with pre-existing conditions. Cutting back on all sorts of actual health care.
But at least we won't be living the British nightmare, thank god.And here's another idea we'll soon "coalesce" around: Gutting Social Security and Medicare!