The Healthcare Myths We Must Confront

by alexvanbuskirk

The Healthcare Myths We Must Confront

By Cliff Asness @ AEI (June 29, 2012)

…To date, this debate has been unable to shake off a lot of mythology—things believed about healthcare and our healthcare system in general, or ObamaCare specifically—that simply are not so.

The goals of healthcare reform—covering more Americans, improving outcomes, and doing so more cost effectively—are all laudable, but are all hampered by the continued belief in these myths. Rejecting these misconceptions is crucial to any chance of our eventually emerging with a better system.

Myth #1:  Healthcare prices have soared in the recent past…

Myth #2:  The pre-ObamaCare system was ‘insurance’…

Myth #3: Stopping insurance companies from charging based on pre-existing conditions is the one good part of ObamaCare…

Myth #4: Healthcare costs are very high in the United States compared to socialized countries…

Finally, as a basic input to the whole discussion, we need to understand myths #1 and #4: The rising amount we spend on healthcare is not the same thing as rising prices, and often reflects good not bad developments, and the costs of our system versus others are often exaggerated, and the benefits of our system often minimized, for political purposes.

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