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The Paradox of trying to contain health-care costs

NATIONAL JOURNAL has a rather insightful piece today illustrating how the conventional wisdom on containing health-care costs doesn't necessarily produce the desired outcome.

Case in point: Arkansas.


Posted at 8:00am on March 12, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 8:31am
All issues of health-care costs aside, Obamacare is wrong-headed since it criminalizes poverty. Under Obamacare, those who cannot afford to buy health insurance would have to pay a penalty to the federal government.

Imagine this approach? You can't afford health insurance and, because of that, the government punishes you by imposing a financial penalty. Only Obama can take a problem like health-care and make it worse!

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 9:12am
Up to now, I'd always thought visiting a private practice which has not one, but two, physicians working to provide low cost health care... was the pair of docs trying to contain health-care costs !!!

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:44am
Interesting article. It is unusual that a government-run program is more cost-effective than a private sector program, but at least in the Arkansas version that appears to be the case.

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 6:26pm
The problem with anything government-run is that the costs are artificially low and are sustained by continued borrowing, which as of now, 46 cents of every dollar government spends is borrowed. At some point, the house of cards will come tumbling down if steps aren't taken to cut costs. Less pain now - a lot more pain later.

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