It isn’t often that a person hears that Joe Biden has given great advice. Rumor has it that it happens as often as pigs fly. Apparently, migrating pigs were just spotted flying in V-formation over the White House. Check out this video from the Heritage Foundation:
Before anyone starts thinking that we’re seeing a ‘new and improved’ Joe Biden, I’ll just say calm down. In this post on the Heritage Foundation’s blog, we’re told by Vice President Biden that we should talk with our doctors about ObamaCare. That’s what the Heritage Foundation did, though ObamaCare advocates won’t like the results. Here’s what Harvard Medical School Dean Dr. Jeffrey Flier wrote:
In discussions with dozens of health-care leaders and economists, I find near unanimity of opinion that, whatever its shape, the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it. Likewise, nearly all agree that the legislation would do little or nothing to improve quality or change health-careâ€™s dysfunctional delivery system. The system we have now promotes fragmented care and makes it more difficult than it should be to assess outcomes and patient satisfaction. The true costs of health care are disguised, competition based on price and quality are almost impossible, and patients lose their ability to be the ultimate judges of value.
I’m thankful that I took Vice President Biden’s advice. If I hadn’t read Dr. Flier’s op-ed, I wouldn’t have gained this important information. Here’s Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean Edward Miller’s opinion:
Weâ€™ll meet the demands placed on us because serving poor and disadvantaged populations is part of our century-old mission. But without an understanding by policy makers of what a large Medicaid expansion actually means, and without delivery-system reform and adequate risk-adjusted reimbursement the current health-care legislation will have catastrophic effects on those of us who provide societyâ€™s health-care safety-net. In time, those effects will be felt by all of us.
It’s apparent that the Democrats haven’t changed how they do things in terms of instituting changes in how they’ll deliver health care. They’ve only said that they’re adding more people to a broken system while they’re adding money to their budgets. That isn’t reform. That’s just expanding an existing program. That doesn’t fit with Dictionary.com’s definition of reform:
1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory;
4. to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition
The Democrats’ bill doesn’t alter the rules governing Medicare or Medicaid. The Democrats’ bill certainly doesn’t eliminate the corruption or improve the unsatisfactory parts of the federal health care system. That’s why I can’t call the Democrats’ health care legislation reform.
Vice President Biden, Thanks for the first good advice I’ve ever heard from you.
Cross-posted at California Conservative