Health Care Costs

Yikes! Much of this health care debate seems to be relying on “back of the envelope” calculations about costs and benefits. There is great risk of oversimplification and consequential error. The costs issues are complex. For example, Meagan examines cost shifting in hospitals and between her analysis, and some well informed commenters, the results will make your head spin. You can bet that these complexities are not reflected in the Congressional Budget Offices’ calculation concerning costs. Somebody’s health care is going to be seriously and badly harmed by increased costs and/or decreased quality. I wish the Democrats would slow down and think this thing through!

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