The monkey on our backs

American healthcare consumers have a bad habit:  they want to have a choice of doctors and hospitals.  It's an impulse that needs to be crushed if the new day in cheap, universal healthcare is ever to dawn, according to experts interviewed by the New York Times:
“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group.  “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”
The Times coverage is interesting:  they seem to be getting just the least little bit skeptical of the brave new world. They even quote Monica Wehby, the doctor running for the Senate in Oregon on the slogan "Keep your doctor, fire your Senator," and Lamar Alexander, who warns, “Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you wanted to keep and tells you what policy to buy.”  Not too long ago, if the Times bothered to acknowledge such positions at all, they'd immediately follow up with some nasty snark.  Instead, this article mentions a Medicare policy of allowing people to change plans in mid-year if their network is abruptly eviscerated, as well as controversy in state legislatures or insurance commissions over whether to force insurers to provide some form of out-of-network coverage.


Russ said...

It always comes down to control. Whether healthcare, climate, or guns it is always about control.

Grim said...

I almost put that quote from Merz up yesterday, but I assumed I was hallucinating.

raven said...

My response? "OK, you first". "And who is this "we" you refer to"?

Ymar Sakar said...

Those peasants and slaves born to their station, will be ruled by their betters. The Democrat rulers of the Old South got rid of the guilt over slavery with just that very thought control. After all, slavery is no longer a vice if it is the natural place of blacks to work the fields and the natural place of white Southern aristocrats to refine themselves, pursue beautiful ladies, and give a caning to wretched Republicans.

That was the "freedom" people fought for, a cultural superiority that was inexorably linked to their social life.

The Left will not give up, even if their parasitic lifestyle is considered viceful by the rest of humanity. After all, to them slavery is not a vice, any more than it was to the Old South's Democrat aristos.