Supreme Court Can't Stop Healthcare Reform

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media , March 30, 2012

Whatever the court ultimately decides will only minimally alter the business of healthcare right now. Reform has been coming organically because payers can't—or won't—suffer double-digit premium increases any longer.

If you want to bash healthcare these days, get in line.

For years, many influential people have rightly decried the high variability in healthcare.

They've also critiqued the high cost of healthcare as unsustainable. They're right. You won't get much argument from anyone that healthcare costs are a huge drain on our nation's productivity.

Some of those costs, unquestionably, come from adverse selection—that is, people don't try to obtain health insurance until they get sick—and by then, they usually can't get it. Yet in most cases, they aren't left to die; they get treatment.

Maybe their care isn't as good as care delivered under so-called “Cadillac health plans,” but you can be sure the bills will be astronomical. And often, such patients are in no position to pay those bills.

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2 comments on "Supreme Court Can't Stop Healthcare Reform"

Debbi (4/1/2012 at 12:42 PM)
Perhaps after the SCOTUS' decision to throw out the unconstitutional mandate, informed and concerned citizens including healthcare industry executives, will begin to have a rational discussion again. When the current Administration's agenda to take over 1/3rd of the U.S. economy is thwarted, sanity may come back in style.

gary (3/30/2012 at 2:00 PM)
The timing of the SCOTUS taking up, and deciding on this issue couldn't have been worse - with an election looming in Nov. Regardless of what the Court "decides", what is likely to ensue is a steady drone of ignorance-based and/or self-serving fear mongering dominated by mouth-pieces from both extremes. If you thought the so called 'healthcare debate' has been devolved into petty political circus thus far, just wait - it's about to get worse.




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