Dr. Thomas Lee hit a home run with his presentation of the real issues surrounding a government run health plan in his commentary in iHealthBeat yesterday. The article titled, Inside Baseball: The Great Debate about Government Run Healthcare, describes the challenge and comes down to this:
"The analog in baseball would be for Major League Baseball -- the corporate entity that oversees the game -- to field a team that competed with other MLB teams. And that this MLB-owned team could play by a different set of rules (didn't need to support its expenses, could have losses subsidized by taxpayers, etc).
One can imagine that such a team could hire the best players, charge less for tickets and potentially win the most games while running huge deficits. Even if the MLB-owned team was forced to play by the same financial rules, it would nevertheless send a strong message to others that it doesn't believe that the other MLB teams were playing to their potential, and that it could do better."
To better understand the real risk and the slippery slope that we could be taken down, please read the entire article. Decide for yourself and critically analyze anyone's talking points!