Here is a commentary by Kevin Pho MD on the CNN website. He is today's lead medical blogger (http://www.kevinmd.com/) who rightfully gets offered to give his opinion on major media outlets. It is a nice piece and mirrors much of what I have been saying, though much more eloquently. Here is a snippet:
Although it is a moral imperative for every American to have access to health insurance, alleviating the shortage of primary care providers is of equal importance.
As a family doc, I agree wholeheartedly with the second part of this sentence. Enough said. In the first part, Kevin brings up moral imperative and that term "moral" always makes my heart skip a bit. Not that I am immoral (you have no proof) but that legislating morality gets real sticky and also can get ugly. But then he goes on to say "access to health insurance". That I like. So let's stick with that. Yes, we all should have access to health insurance. In that sense, it should be affordable. Here is my question to everyone out there: how does the healthcare reform bills address insurance affordability? Yes, I know the controversy over the "public option" but I want other plans that are to be in place. In other words, would I as a Maine resident be allowed to buy an insurance product from New Mexico that is cheaper? You see, I do believe that the managed care companies are making too much money and so are their CEOs. The very fact that they are excited about healthcare reform and are on board with the president's plans is very unsettling to me. What are your thoughts? Am I missing something here?