Still, more private plans may show up anyway, reinforcing Porter’s key point. UnitedHealthcare is offering what Politico called a “tantalizing proposal for policymakers.” The giant carrier wants to move more seniors in Medicare into managed care to save what the company estimates is a $202 billion savings for the government over 10 years. Seniors, of course, will spend some of that money on United’s products.
Porter’s column hasn’t set well with pro-market advocates. Rush Limbaugh called it assault on the profit sector in healthcare.
So the entire backbone/foundation of capitalism is under assault yet again, and I’m convinced people that read The New York Times are the equivalent of low-information voters. All they know is what’s in the Times.
Limbaugh is right about one thing. Porter’s column ought to spark a wider discusion about what kind of healthcare we want, how much we want to spend, and for whose benefit. That could quickly jazz up the stale entitlements debate.