Health Care Reform-Winners,Losers (Part 2)
Here what my angle will be,
and what I think we should focus on initially.
Last week we talked mainly about the health insurance industry. As I said, this
makes sense, since most reform proposals are aimed at insurers because they are
the paying customers for most privately-funded health care. But, we never got
deeply into the rest of the HC industry: doctors, hospitals, Pharma, nursing
homes, clinics, scanning centers, etc. How will reform affect them? And, we
did not speculate much about the impact on HC consumers (you know, those
individuals that other countries call “people”).
So, in a blessedly short opening, I will briefly (1) break down who’s who in the
HC universe and then (2) ID the few obvious winners and losers if what’s on the
table passes. I’ll then outline how to think about who’ll get what benefits in
the longer term. Of course, future affects are hard to predict. I’ll also come
prepared to lay out some of the Democrats’ options for paying for all of this,
and answer basic questions on other major countries’ HC systems.
I look forward to our Death Panel!