This is how you reform health care P/story/886954.html

Yesterday's reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program is an example of how you reform health care.

Incrementally . . . "extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children".

In easy to digest amounts . . . "an additional $32.8 billion".

With transparent, credible and easy to understand payment plans . . . "generated that revenue by raising the federal tobacco tax."

Starting with items no one can object to . . . "kids' health insurance".

With true bipartisan support . . . "passage . . . on a vote of 290-135 . . . Forty Republicans joined in approval."

You start with "the first step", and then you build on it.

If they're smart, they'll next do prenatal ob/gyn coverage and postnatal infant well care. (You should be able to get 40 to 50 Republican "right to life" votes for that proposal based upon statistics showing how often the high cost of delivery contributes to the decision to abort.  Obama is positioned to sell it as a "pro life" measure.  Pay for it with a tax on something no one likes and most people don't use.  Announce the plan as guest speaker at Rick Warren's church? )

Of course, you can fight a noble battle for a trillion dollar "broad health care agenda" omnibus overhaul of the entire health care system.

And, you can risk going down to noble defeat, leaving health care untouched for yet another decade or more.

Obviously, those noble battles get your face on heirloom quality collectible mugs and plates and fleece blankets.

But, if you want to make things better than you found them, little by little, building upon past successes until you get to where you want to be, you go slowly. So far, isn't that the lesson of the stimulus bill? P/story/886954.html

Tags: Health care, SCHIP (all tags)



The problem with incrementalism here

Is that it may well take longer than the Democrats are in a position to pass it.  Reversals hurt at least as much as false starts, if not more so.

by Reaper0Bot0 2009-02-05 06:34AM | 0 recs
Re: This is how you reform health care

I guess I'm sort of wondering who you're arguing with here. Is there someone on the left fighting against Obama's incrementalist approach? All the anti-incrementalist lefties you seem to be contemptuously addressing here all voted for Obama whose universal health care plan never was technically universal.

by Todd Beeton 2009-02-05 07:39AM | 0 recs
See comment below and in other diaries
and on other blogs.
If he doesn't announce the trillion dollar fix, you'll hear the screams.  IMHO.  
by kosnomore 2009-02-05 09:24AM | 0 recs

I hope you get some discussion on this.

Personally, I like small steps.  "Patience is a good investment principle, and a virtue"  Thus your suggestions got me thinking..

by Ravi Verma 2009-02-05 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: This is how you reform health care

This is a first step, but don't be fooled into believing that a major overhaul is not coming, and soon.  

by devilrays 2009-02-05 09:10AM | 0 recs


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