The Health Care Industry’s PR Scam

In other words, the underlying purpose of this PR stunt is to slow or block any meaningful health care reforms, which could actually improve care while reducing the price tag by a lot more than 1.5 percent. These include regulating the cost of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, curtailing or eliminating the role of the insurance companies, or introducing single-payer, which allows other developed countries to deliver superior health care for 20 to 40 percent less–all of which make $2 trillion in weight-loss programs and paperwork reduction measures look pretty pitiful by comparison.

All we can hope for is the possibility, remote as it may be, that Obama himself is also playing a PR game–making nice with the industry shills while planning some kind of genuine reform that will hit them in the only place that counts, and the only place where truly meaningful savings reside: their profit margins.

James Ridgeway via CommonDreams.org.