Tuesday, June 16, 2009

David Brooks’ Column on Health “Reform” Legislation

David Brooks has an interesting column on ways in which the endgame on health care legislation might play out.  He predicts an ugly, end-of-session scrum in which “Congress will embrace the easy stuff and bury the hard stuff,” resulting in a product that won’t have “the kind of structural change that will bring down costs long-term.”  As a result, the bill may turn MedPAC “into a health care Federal Reserve Board — an aloof technocratic body of experts that will make tough decisions beyond the reach of politics.”  In other words, coverage will expand while costs skyrocket — resulting in federal bureaucrats taking control of health care.