After three years, no real progress has been made on rising costs. The program remains well over budget, with no end in sight.
Release of the president’s budget means the climb toward passage of health reform has gotten steeper.
James Capretta, Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
One of the main arguments President Barack Obama and other Democrats have made on behalf of the health care bills that have passed the House and the Senate is that they would reduce the federal budget deficit in the coming decade and in the years following as well.
Would proposed reforms fundamentally change Medicare, much less the rest of American health care? No, they wouldn’t.
If the president really meant what he has said about health care policy, his administration would be working to defeat the Pelosi bill, not supporting it.
A public option would not bring real change in how healthcare is delivered.
By James Capretta
President Barack Obama’s op-ed in the Sunday New York Times is a revealing indicator of the state of the health care debate.
Gone is the emphasis on “health care reform” and “bending the cost-curve “and “changing the delivery system.”
As polls in July began showing public support dropping for sweeping health care legislation, the Obama [...]