T-word

June 18, 2009

I love this title from NPR on the cost of Obama-care:

T-Word Looms Large In Health Care Cost Debate The T-word they are talking about is trillion.

Despite reassurances by President Obama and Democratic leaders that all new spending would be fully offset by other spending cuts or tax increases, Republicans immediately jumped on the T-word.

Now saying trillion is akin to swearing. Like N-word or B-word.

And it’s soap in the mouth for the head of the (nonpartisan) CBO :

According to our preliminary assessment, enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period. When fully implemented, about 39 million individuals would obtain coverage through the new insurance exchanges. At the same time, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million, so the net decrease in the number of people uninsured would be about 16 million or 17 million

The full report here.

WTF? One t-word dollars (over ten years) and we will reduce the number of uninsured by only 17 m-word people? It works both ways right? F-word that.

Why not give one trillion dollars to the uninsured so they can buy their own insurance. The number of uninsured people in the US is roughly 48 million. If you split up the cost of this part of the Obama plan, an uninsured family of four would get over $8,000 a year to pay for insurance. If you take out the uninsured that already would be covered by Medicaid but haven’t applied, that number falls to 31 million. That means a family of four would get almost $13,000 a year. If you want to be harsh and subtract out illegal immigrants without health insurance, the amount rises to $17,000 a year. That should be enough to buy you some decent insurance.

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7 Responses to “T-word”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    I always assumed that when Reagan (for whom, my ex reminds me, I voted at least once) kept pushing up defense spending, it was, in part, to force a reduction in spending on domestic programs. Could be Big O doing the same thing, but maybe in reverse.

  2. John in IL Says:

    Spending on non-defense discretionary outlays rose during the Reagan years so I doubt that is the answer.

  3. John in IL Says:

    Any thoughts on my post?

  4. superdave524 Says:

    If we assume that suitable insurance plans were currently available at a set price, then, yeah, the plan sounds way too expensive, but I’m not sure we can assume that. Right now in Charleston, SC, local doctors, a big local hospital and BC/BS are all wrangling over coverage issues. Healthcare reform is a really complicated issue. Hilary tried to address it in Bill’s first term, and got creamed.

  5. John in IL Says:

    If we assume that suitable insurance plans were currently available at a set price, then, yeah, the plan sounds way too expensive, but I’m not sure we can assume that.

    You don’t think someone could find a suitable insurance plan that costs $17,000/year? What’s your definition of “suitable”?

  6. John in IL Says:

    And how much does your current health insurance plan cost you and your employer? (if you don’t mind me being nosy)

  7. John in IL Says:

    No answer for either question?


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