Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Criticism of Ryancare

I had written a review for on the book Why Obamacare is Wrong for America. Here is the excerpt, concerning the authors' endorsement of Ryancare.


But there is one section that befouls the book. It is the key chapter, "What we should do instead to get reform right." The authors endorse "The Ryan Roadmap." They claim it'll put the consumer in charge of his own health care, not the government.

Actually, the Ryan Roadmap does not do that! The individual would be given a voucher, not for health care at his own choosing, but for the insurance company that will be his new master. In other words, the Ryan plan merely perpetuates the third party payer system (which acts as a gatekeeper between the health care consumer and the health care provider.)

Paul Ryan wants to preserve original Medicare for those born in 1956 or earlier. But for those born 1957 or later, we will be expected to purchase private insurance (with these "premium support" vouchers.) What insurance company would sell policies to old sick people?! It'd be like expecting homeowner's insurance to be sold to a person whose house is guaranteed to burn down within a decade or less.

The authors, Grace-Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller, and Robert E. Moffit -- together with their hero Paul Ryan -- should read the article "How American Healthcare Killed my Father" in the Sept. 2009 issue of The Atlantic magazine. (Insurance, by definition, is for catastrophe, not routine care!)


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