My guess is that when open enrollment for benefits rolls around soon, people will be taking an especially close look at their health insurance premiums. This new 'report' paid for by AHIP ("America's Health Insurance Plans" -- totally impartial, I'm sure) warns that insurance rates will skyrocket if the current health reform bill gains momentum. My first thought was, so what else is new? My premiums go up EVERY year. As for prescriptions, my non-formulary copay will be going from $30 to $50. Does anyone look at their premiums for the next year and find they have gone DOWN? Ever??
Now we have both pundits and high government officials on TV constantly throwing numbers around --- for example, Senator Kyl's "We could save 100 billion to 200 billion dollars a year with malpractice tort reform." The individual interviewing that person should have two questions:
1. Which is it, 100 billion or 200 billion? ( That's a fairly big spread there, cowboy.)
and, 2. Quote me your EXACT SOURCE on those numbers.
ANYONE who goes on TV and throws numbers around should be required to specifically quote their source, or just outright admit they made it up. The Daily Show did a brilliant piece on their Oct 12th show on just this topic, and on the lack of diligence by the news media (and CNN in particular) to make people "show their work." Check it out at their website -- I thought it was great.