The Marc Steiner Show

June 9, 2009 – Hour 1

In our first hour, a heated debate about healthcare reform: What are our options? What healthcare system would help the most Americans get the best coverage for their dollar? And how do we fund whatever program we chose?

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Thanks to all for participating on the show. Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers deserve major credit for their doggedness.
    What few people understand is that tax-exempt commercial health insurance was bad product right from its inception in the late 1920s. What health insurance did was tap directly into an employers’ wages payable account to drain wages directly into the consumption of health insurance (and health care), mostly without any adequate accounting on the employees’ pay stubs. As a result, most of our medically insureds are very politically malleable.
    Medicare, especially under its original cost-plus payment formula, allowed health insurers a super-inflationary ride by selling the actuarial equivalent of junk food. Technical experts, such as Uwe Reinhardt at Princeton, have long criticized the continued existence of these commercial risk pools.
    Single-payer? Yes, and yesterday wouldn’t be too soon.

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