As we all know, the federal government and nearly every state is facing huge budget gaps. Health care is a large part of every crisis:
- Medicare is a large part of the federal budget crisis
- Medicaid is a large part of every state budget crisis
Health insurers are not to blame this time:
- The Medicare discussion is about Medicare, not Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, United or Humana.
- The Medicaid discussion is about Medicaid, not Blue Cross, Aetna, etc.
The health care reform bill that we recently passed was really health insurance reform- yes, we needed to reform the insurance system.
Since Medicare and Medicaid are not traditional insurers, but still seem to be drowning in costs, the question is, “Where should we focus our reform efforts going forward?” What do you think?