Sixty-eight of the top health care finance experts in the country have been so outraged by GWB’s insistence that the Kerry health proposals amount to a “government takeover of health care” that they have put out a statement saying simply “NOT!!!”
Here’s the topic paragraph, or “nut graf,” as we say in journalese:
Although Senator Kerry’s proposals should be subject to a full analysis of their cost and impact, any claim that they amount to “government run health care” or a “government takeover” of the health care system or of health care decision-making is simply inconsistent with the facts. We are not aware of any expert in health care or health care finance, whatever his or her political orientation, who believes otherwise.
The signers are an all-star team, including the current editor (Mark Schlesinger of Yale) and the immediate past editor (Mark Peterson of UCLA) of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, plus Rashi Fein of Harvard, Ted Marmor of Yale, Stuart Altman (Brandeis), Robert Haveman (Wisconsin), Richard Kronick (UC San Diego), Arleen Leibowitz (UCLA), Harold Luft (UC San Francisco), and Uwe Reinhardt (Princeton).
Just one more piece of evidence that the grown-ups are getting restless. The statement is deftly worded, but extraordinarily strong: they don’t just give their opinion that Kerry hasn’t called for a “government takeover,” they say that no one who understands the problem thinks it is.