Wednesday, October 13, 2004


In other words, a lie

Here's a statement by 68 national experts on health-care finance regarding John Kerry's proposal to reform how we finance health care in this country. Note the emphasized words (emphasis mine) in the last paragraph.

"Inconsistent with the facts." I like that. What a lovely euphemism.


We are 68 people with more than a thousand years of combined professional and academic experience in health care finance and organization. As a group, we neither represent nor endorse a particular political party or viewpoint about health care reform.

We have reviewed the health care finance proposals put forward by Senator John Kerry. Their primary thrust is to make the federal government a reinsurer when a single insured individual incurs health care costs greater than $50,000 in the course of any one year.

Because high-cost individuals account for a large proportion of the total cost of health insurance, this reinsurance is intended to make private health insurance more affordable for both employers and individuals and thus reduce the number of uninsured individuals and families. This approach is fully consistent with maintaining a health care finance system largely run by private insurance, private employers, and private medical providers.

Although Senator Kerry's proposals should be subject to a full analysis of their cost and impact, any claim that they amount to "government run health care" or a "government takeover" of the health care system or of health care decision-making is simply inconsistent with the facts. We are not aware of any expert in health care or health care finance, whatever his or her political orientation, who believes otherwise.
Not counting that well-known expert George W. Bush.

Think the press will take notice of this and mention it when the Republicans shriek about how Kerry wants a government takeover of health care or whatever other lie they spew? Really? What are you on, and can I have some?

(For the list of signers of this statement, go to the link above.)

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