David Brooks gives President Obama a reading list to prepare for his upcoming speech on healthcare reform. The list has two items on it, David Goldhill’s essay, “How American Health Care Killed My Father”, in the current issue of The Atlantic which has been frequently recommended to me and which I have read. It’s online here. The other is a report from the Brookings Institution on healthcare reform, online here.
There is a common thread uniting these two: the greatest problem with our healthcare system is the perverse incentives, a problem I’ve commented on here with some regularity. It is pervasive and end-to-end in the healthcare system. Unfortunately, the bills most likely to be enacted into law by the Congress enshrine those incentives rather than reforming them. No good can come of that.