By chance I was listening to Rush Limbaugh interview Vice President Mike Pence about the repeal of Obamacare.
Rarely have I heard such nonsense about a topic. Pence rambled on about being able to have a choice of physicians, lower premiums, more freedom to choose, competition, buying from an insurer in a different state and better HSAs.
He spoke as if what he was talking about changing the health care system for all of America, instead of less than 2% of Americans using a Obamacare exchange plan. Even if everything he said was true (which it isn’t), it still would affect a tiny minority of Americans.
There is simply nothing in the Republican view of health care that adds up to something better … for anyone.
If you want lower health insurance premiums there only a few ways to get them:
- Cover few services under the insurance
- Pay health care providers less
- Use fewer health care services.
Now the trick Republicans don’t seem to understand is how to do all that without shifting costs somewhere else or simply rationing care.