No health care reform before August

Reid says health care reform won't happen before the August recess.From Politico:Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the Senate would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess.“It’s better to get a product that’s based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through,” Reid told reporters.What he said.It will drag on a long time now, I suspect.Might change the tone of this rally a … [Read more...]

Mayo Clinic comes out against the House health care reform proposal

Just a brief post - The Mayo Clinic has been touted by the President but the clinic has come out against the House proposal.I don't deny the need for rational health insurance policy but I am very nervous that the White House is pushing the process too quickly. Doing something bad could be much worse than doing nothing.I appreciate readers who believe we need a single payer. However, all we are really talking about is who brokers the payments. The inefficiencies in the system and the … [Read more...]

Health care reform: Deja vu all over again

Eleven years ago, I wrote a brief history of health insurance for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity ("Managed care: It's like deja vu all over again," 1998, vol. 17, 131-141) as a part of special issue on managed behavioral health care.I thought of that article this past week while reading various news reports about President Obama's push to enact some version of health care/health insurance reform. I argued in that paper that managed care was one on many private sector … [Read more...]