Regarding the article DeParle discusses national insurance exchange with AARP audience:
Everyone seems to be wanting something for nothing. The mess we are in right now is the result of consumers and government wanting everything but being unwilling to pay for it. A national plan or insurance exchange run under the same principles will quickly fail as the expectations of the public far exceed their willingness or ability to pay.
Any new program will once again be a transfer of cost from the old to the young. At some point in the future, Gen X may wise up and realize they have been taken, but by then the cupboard will be bare. Any kind of affordable program will require massive cost-cutting and dramatic rationing of services. Most of the healthcare gurus out there havent an ounce of common sense between them. They live in some cloud cuckoo land where everyone always does what they are told and everyone shares. That didnt work in kindergarten, and it doesnt work in real life.
Unless something intervenes, these great minds will get their way and we will have a healthcare system with the customer focus and efficiency of the Post Office and the fiscal discipline of the Pentagon.
Mark MeadeChester, Md.
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