Monday, April 6, 2009

Warnings about Obamacare

The Health Policy Consensus Group has been tracking the trends in various proposals for "universal health care" and has issued an important warning about the following elements (PDF version)) which have been floated repeatedly:
• A new government health insurance plan
• An employer "play-or-pay" mandate
• A uniform, government-defined package of benefits
• A mandate that individuals must purchase insurance
• A National Health Insurance Exchange extending federal regulatory powers over private insurance
• Federal interference in the practice of medicine through a federal health board, comparative effectiveness review, and other government intrusions into medical decision-making
Their paper discusses each point in greater detail.

I believe their economic analysis is essentially correct. The American people should know these facts.

If you're opposed to these ideas and wish to support free market health care instead, please sign the Galen petition: