Argument: Gains of insuring 30m uninsured must be qualified

Issue Report: US health care reform


Robert Samuelson. “A parody of leadership.” Real Clear Politics. December 21, 2009: “To be sure, they would provide insurance to 30 million or more Americans by 2019. People would enjoy more security. But even these gains must be qualified. Some of the newly insured will get healthier, but how many and by how much is unclear. The uninsured now receive 50 percent to 70 percent as much care as the insured. The administration argues that today’s system has massive waste. If so, greater participation in the waste by the newly insured may not make them much better off.”