...we don’t have a Medicare problem, we have a health care cost problem. And Medicare actually does a better job of controlling costs than private insurers — not remotely good enough, but better.
If you look at Medicare in isolation, the cost rise looks terrible, because it is:
But it looks a bit different if you look at private insurance, too:
If Medicare costs had risen as fast as private insurance premiums, it would cost around 40 percent more than it does. If private insurers had done as well as Medicare at controlling costs, insurance would be a lot cheaper.
It’s a mystery why anyone claims that shifting more people into private insurance is a good idea. Actually, no, it isn’t a mystery; it’s an outrage.
Digby points out the logic of the situation :
Imagine if people over 50 had been allowed to buy into Medicare as was proposed during the Health Care debate. They would have been paying into the system as they already are and also paying for their current insurance. And they would have been getting their care from the less costly system at a time when they are starting to have health problems.So why do the Republicans want so badly to destroy Medicare and hand over the tax money paid to the federal government for health care to the private insurers? It's simply not cost effective. The reason is that the 'low-tax low-government benefits libertarians' have taken over the business Republicans.
In fact, imagine if everyone were in the less costly system.
Remember Grover Norquist who runs the group Americans for Tax Reform which demands that every Republican sign a no new taxes pledge? Americans for Tax Reform is funded by The uberwealthy libertarian brothers David H and Charles G. Koch who funded the libertarian think tank the CATO Institute. They are sons of Fred C. Koch and inherited their wealth from him, proving again that children who inherit great wealth usually spend their lives defending their inheritance to the detriment of the society they live in. Fred Koch was one of the founders of the hate group the John Birch Society.
Back to David Koch, This is the kind of antisocial crap he pulls.
It's not just the Koch's, but they are the most obvious right now. It is wealthy people who are either libertarian or are using the libertarian philosophy to gain political power.
These people have hated the New Deal since the 1930's and they continue even now to work to destroy it. We are right now in a major political battle with the wealthy aristocratic-wannabees.