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Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia on ObamaCare's Rationing Board

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Mike Huckabee has quipped that Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra. But Romney has found one that works both for him and the country. And that's his opposition to ObamaCare's rationing board aka the IPAB.

As Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia explains in her debut column in the Washington Examiner this morning:

[T]he whole point of the board is to use price controls to discourage expensive treatments. Yes, it is possible that some good doctor will be willing to perform bypass surgeries for Medicare patients even when the board only allows, say, payment for aspirin. It's also very unlikely. If the board decides to set payment for state-of-the-art dialysis at below cost, reasoning that the benefits of the procedure aren't commensurate with the added expense, it isn't rationing care directly. But it is indeed rationing care, because this would effectively consign patients to older treatments.

Go here for the full column.

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  1. it isn’t rationing care directly. But it is indeed rationing care

    Well thank you but is there any remotely aware, spin-resistant person that needed this explained?

    1. Well thank you but is there any remotely aware, spin-resistant person that needed this explained?

      H e s h o u l d b e a l o n g s h o r t l y.

  2. “Yes, it is possible that some good doctor will be willing to perform bypass surgeries for Medicare patients even when the board only allows, say, payment for aspirin. It’s also very unlikely.”

    Go here for the full column? I don’t fucking think so.

    1. Couldn’t be worse than one of your movie reviews…..

      1. Why do you think he comes here? I just don’t get it.

  3. On the pro side, this will increasingly reduce Medicare to a minimal welfare program and encourage seniors to maintain additional private insurance outside the Medicare system. The shittier Medicare gets the less people will rely on it.

  4. Sheldon Richman thinks you’re wrong to describe the price mechanism in markets as “rationing”.

    https://reason.com/archives/201…..ealth-care

    1. Having a rule not to pay more than X dollars for a treatment where X is the price of the cheapest (er most “cost-effective”) treatment available, is a price control, technically speaking. Not rationing.

      1. Of course, if the price control is intended to create a shortage by the people implementing it, one could argue that it is rationing.

        1. But that wouldn’t really apply to market interactions, since they don’t intend to do anything themselves. They just happen.

          1. Unless, of course, you’re referring to the government price controls. I’d say that certainly counts as rationing, since the entire point is to reduce the amount of medical purchases (measured in dollars).

            1. Darius, that’s precisely what I was referring to. 🙂

    2. Sheldon Richman thinks you’re wrong to describe the price mechanism in markets as “rationing”.

      Except Dalmia doesn’t describe market pricing mechanisms as “rationing”. She only refers to the government controls that way. In fact, Dalmia’s entire article doesn’t refer to market pricing at all. So I’m not sure why you made this comment.

    3. Sheldon Richman thinks you’re wrong to describe the price mechanism in markets as “rationing”.

      And he’s right. Good thing no one around here abuses the language that way.

  5. So, who comes up with all this crazy stuff? Wow.

    http://www.UA-Anon.tk

  6. Ok I can see the power of this board versus democracy being a bit of an issue.

    But I do want the govt rationing the crap out of all the goodies they hand out. People need to be weaned off the govt.

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