Critical Condition

We Can Go the Wrong Way

Robert Samuelson: 

Obama administration officials have repeatedly emphasized the need to “bend the curve” of health-care costs. Reducing increases in health spending, they argued, was essential to controlling future federal budget deficits and making insurance affordable for most Americans. Now, in the first comprehensive evaluation by a government agency of one of the major congressional health-reform bills, analysts find that it does bend the cost curve—in the wrong direction.  The study of H.R. 3200, as reported by the House Ways and Means Committee, concludes that the legislation would raise total national health spending by $750 billion over the decade from 2010 to 2019.

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