Tom daschle book on health care
Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis by Tom DaschleHe does (or his co-author does, not sure) a very good job of outlining the current state of health care and health insurance. Anyone who keeps current on such things will recognize a lot of the statistics he throws out but it is really nice to have it all in one place and, honestly, if I was going to try to hand someone a primer for where our health policy problems lie, this book (at least the beginning) would be excellent.
Like others have said, his policy recommendations are sort of weak. A weak cry for physicians to use more effective and less expensive procedures sounds hollow and poorly thought out. Right Tom. No one thought of that. Also, his thoughts along that vein almost seem anti-innovation, which is scary.
The book proceeds as if it is a foregone conclusion that a universal health care plan (NOT single payer) is to be established something like the Massachusetts plan, and Daschles role is to supply the missing piece: which he claims is the new Federal Health Board.
Now, Im with him part way. I do think that the Massachusetts plan could have benefited from a more powerful board, but not a board like that envisioned by Daschle. His board is making coverage determinations, recommending procedures and writing formularies. Really, we need a board more like the Federal Reserve and less like the British model. To pull off an unwieldy, public/private hybrid health care reformation you need a board empowered to move with authority and to move nimbly. You need an entity empowered to do things like adjust market regulations on insurance products, jump in to anti-trust situations, and make emergency changes to tax code for personal mandates. If youre juggling 6-7 bureaucracies, the only way to pull this off is with an empowered entity like that, and not with a glorified UM committee.
A worthwhile read nonetheless, and Im excited to see where Daschle takes HHS.
Health Care Policy Is in Hands of an Ex-Senator
Clinton waited almost a full year. Daschle wants lawmakers to take the lead in drafting it. Clinton kept the job inside the White House. Perhaps the biggest change: Daschle is planning a major grassroots push to build public support for his plan outside Washington, possibly with spokesman-in-chief Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN at the helm as surgeon general. Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate health and finance committees are planning to meet next week for the second time since the election, according to Senate aides. His proposed quick turnaround would be ambitious — and it has its fair share of skeptics both on and off the Hill — but proponents of a health care overhaul say the window of opportunity is narrow.
Tom Daschle on Health-Care Reform
All Rights Reserved. Bryan Hehir Sr. Tom Daschle is the founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, a full-service strategic advisory firm that advises clients on a broad array of economic, policy and political issues. Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In , he was elected to the U.