The reaction of the editors at Bloomberg’s reaction to the recent Republican healthcare reform plan reminds me of one of Samuel Johnson’s famous wisecracks: “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”
I don’t have any particular fondness for the Republicans’ plan. I do wonder when the Democratic talking point will change from “they don’t have a plan” to “their plan doesn’t add up”. Maybe that won’t be the line of attack since it might highlight the reality that the PPACA doesn’t add up, either. How about “look at how many people will be hurt!”
It will change the subject, though.
My objection to the Republican plan is the same as the reason for my disappointment with the PPACA: neither one addresses the most pressing problem with healthcare, i.e. the increase in the cost of healthcare continues to outstrip the increases in revenues and the increases in income which practically by definition means it’s not affordable. As Uwe Reinhardt put it, it’s the prices, stupid.