Reed’s Unimpressive Spinnage
As I catch up with my Projo reading, an article describing a Web chat with Senator Reed reinforces my impression that he’s spectacularly unimpressive. I see no intellectual interest in the man, only talking-point recitation:
When readers mentioned two proposals that Republicans tend to embrace, Reed pointed out what he views as their limitations. When a reader expressed support for tort reform to cut down on the practice of “defensive medicine” to avoid costly malpractice lawsuits, Reed replied, “Tort reform is not a primary or sole solution to the problem of accelerating health-care costs.”
Health savings accounts — another proposal dear to conservatives — are not effective for people who have lost their jobs, Reed wrote. “In addition, with the demands facing many families today, including saving for college, there is a pressure to set aside funds for health care rather than other needs,” he added.
The tort reform retort merely shuffles the deck in an attempt to make the savings disappear under the assertion that they wouldn’t solve the problem all on their own. The health savings account answer is simply shallow. First, with substantial resources saved in such an account, a temporarily unemployed American could more easily afford COBRA or other individual healthcare option. Second, the Democrats insist that people will continue to invest in their own healthcare, so they’re already setting aside those funds for that purpose.
This is a man who claims to be able to invent a better healthcare system?