This Bachmann proposal for health care reform will kill you.
During the debate yesterday MPR moderator Kerri Miller asked Bachmann and opponent Jim Graves for their specific proposals for stabilizing Medicare and containing health care costs borne by the taxpayers.
Bachmann gave a specific proposal: why don’t we cure the diseases? (No s**t, that’s what she suggested.)
Why hasn’t anybody else in the national health care debate proposed that as a cost-saving solution before?
Bachmann said great strides were being made in research and possible cures for Alzheimer’s (which is true, that’s in the headlines.) But I was amazed by the originality of her thinking. I wondered why she hadn’t proposed “curing all the diseases” as a practical solution to rising health care costs during her presidential bid. It might have made the difference.
Moderator Kerri Miller was not happy with Bachmann’s answer. She said that the things Bachmann was now talking about were not specific solutions to funding Medicare.
Bachmann began to talk about free markets, and she said that she disagreed with Miller that cures are not an answer.
Miller pointed out that no one disputes that cures are an answer to disease, but–
Bachmann said she had an example. Back in the day a lot of money was budgeted for treatment of polio, but Jonas Salk cured it, and the costs designated for treating polio were cut.
See how Bachmann’s plan on Medicare and Obamcare would work? Simply cure these g***amn diseases–then we don’t have to worry about rising health care costs next year.
Sometimes I think Lewis Carroll is writing her brain. I think her proposal is newsworthy. But in all the pro media accounts I’ve read reporting on this debate so far: no mention of Bachmann’s proposal that the problem of Medicare funding and rising medical costs could be addressed by “curing the diseases.” Her proposal deserves wider attention. The medical community should be alerted and put to work on this, right away.
Graves, on the other hand proposed a practical cost-cutting measure: let’s open up the bidding procedure for pharmaceuticals purchased via Medicare Part D.
Bachmann objected, (ironically) claiming to backing free market principles. Moderator Miller pointed out that Congress has voted not to allow bidding for prescription drugs.
Graves asked Bachmann for a straight yes or no on the idea. Bachmann said that bidding represented price fixing.
Someone asked Bachmann: “Doesn’t it benefit big pharm to have no bidding?”
Michele didn’t want to “go there,” either. She believes: health care cost are the problem–”cures” are the cure.
LINK: You’ll find Bachmann proposing this remarkable solution to the health care problem at about 39:28 in the time code at the audio recording below. She starts out talking about how the government can address the problem cheaply by discouraging obesity and smoking, and then goes into the “I think we should look at cures” thing.
MPR audio recording of the debate: