Nov 20, 2008

Tom Daschle’s Big Idea: A Fed for Health Care


Health care is a big issue for all of us, especially those of us dealing with the expense of treatment and medication for Alzheimer's disease. There is little doubt health care reform will effect us in a big way--we can only hope for good news.

I ran across this interesting article on the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. The article is about Tom Daschle and his ideas on health care. Tom has written a  book on health care, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. It should make for interesting reading.


Tom Daschle’s Big Idea: A Fed for Health Care

Note: the article on the WSJ has several links to more detailed information. You can get to that version by clicking the link above

The FDA, the CDC, Medicare and Medicaid all fall under one federal department: Health and Human Services. Tom Daschle, the former leader of the Senate Majority Leader, will soon be in charge of all that: The news just broke that he’ll be Obama’s HHS secretary.

The Health Blog, among others, had put Daschle on the short list for the job. And he’s gone to the trouble of writing a book about health care (Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, published in Feb.) to give us a pretty clear sense of where he’d like to take things.

His basic idea: Create a board modeled on the Federal Reserve to “offer a public framework within which a private health-care system can operate more effectively and efficiently — insulated from political pressure yet accountable to elected officials and the American people.”

Daschle was also one of the Senators most committed to the failed Clinton health reform plan of the early ’90s — and the book spends a chapter unpacking the lessons of that failure.

Way back in June, Daschle told CongressDaily he hoped he could “be helpful, perhaps in a prospective Obama administration, on healthcare reform,” adding that he would be “interested in finding ways to do that.”

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