Not doing a whole lot of thinking then, are you, Steve?
Steven Pearlstein, writing a column in today’s Washington Post that is so atrocious you can almost hear the human refuse squishing up through the keys on his keyboard:
If you want a more thourough response, go read Greg Scandlen’s thing over at the Heartland Institute blog. To save time and sanity, I’m focusing on this single sentence:
Republicans grandstand against just about every idea to reduce the amount of health care people consume or the prices paid to health-care providers — the only two ways I can think of to credibly bring health spending under control.
First of all: hey, Steve, kudos for honesty. “…every idea to reduce the amount of health care people consume…” See, Democrats and liberals want to artificially limit how much health care we can have. They have to, for their ideas to work.
Most pro-socialized medicinites won’t come right out and say so, though. So good for you, Steve.
And “…or the prices paid to health-care providers.” Democrats and liberals want to control that, too. Control those prices. Dictate those salaries. Limit those investments.
Of course, that’s exactly the problem. Controlling access to health care equals rationing. Controlling prices means less money for providers, which means fewer providers, which means less health care available. If your goal is “universal” access, well, you’re doing it wrong.
And by the way: control over how much product is available…plus control over how much the product costs…yeah, that’s socialism.
But: “Republicans grandstand against…the only two ways I can think of to credibly bring health spending under control.” Huh? Steve? The only two ways you can think of?
You obviously haven’t done a lot of thinking, have you?
Tort reform. Health savings accounts. Transparency. Real competition. All would help bring costs under control. All are widely supported by Republicans. All I came up with off the top of my head in five seconds’ time.
That Washington Post research division just isn’t what it used to be.