Bait and switch

Win an election by scaring seniors about Medicare cuts and “death panels,” then offer a budget proposal that shreds Medicare entirely and ensures the creation of death panels operated by for-profit insurance companies. Can the GOP really get away with this?

The Republicans and their Teahadi allies just won an election by scaring seniors about cuts in Medicare and freaking out the Religious Right with talk of “death panels.” Now we discover that their budget plan relies on abolishing Medicare entirely and putting fixed-value vouchers in its place. If seniors can buy insurance at all for vouchers whose value will fall over time compared to medical inflation, those insurance policies will have to radically cut back on end-of-life care. That is, we will have real “death panels,” but they’ll be operated by insurance companies.

I’d like to think that they won’t be able to get away with this.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

2 thoughts on “Bait and switch”

  1. no, they won’t get away with this. They’ll get away with the ‘reasonable’ compromise that only has partial corporatizing of medicaid.

  2. I’d like to think that they won’t be able to get away with this.


    This is the Reality-Based Community, right? Have I been redirected?!?!??!

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