Invaluable Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson calls out President Barack Obama for his "Misleading Medicine." Samuelson writes:
The most misused word in the health care debate is "reform." Everyone wants "reform," but what constitutes "reform" is another matter. If you listen to President Obama, his "reform" will satisfy almost everyone. It will insure the uninsured, control runaway health spending, subdue future budget deficits, preserve choice for patients and improve quality of care. These claims are self-serving exaggerations and political fantasies. They have destroyed what should be a serious national discussion of health care.
The health-care conundrum involves a contradiction that the administration steadfastly obscures: In the short run—meaning four to eight years—government cannot both insure the uninsured and rein in health spending. (emphasis added). Here's why. The notion that the uninsured get little or no care is a myth: They now receive about 50 to 70 percent as much health care as the insured. If they become insured, they would use more health care, possibly as much as today's insured. That would increase both government and private health spending, depending on how the insurance is provided.
See also my colleague Shikha Dalmia's excellent column on Obama's health care "reform" dishonesty here.