Fighting words? They said 'em

John Taylor: July 06, 20120 Comments

“There are obvious consequences of bad health habits (you die young and look awful on the way), and being uninsured can surely lead you to bankruptcy, but we don’t have a culture of consequences in American healthcare,”
-- Author, healthcare futurist Ian Morrison, writing in Hospitals & Health Networks.

“At first glance it appears to be an extremely broad report that goes well beyond the parameters of the state Medicaid program and doesn’t take into account our diverse population.”
-- Catherine Frazier, press secretary to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a Houston Chronicle story about a federal report showing Texas ranking dead last in the nation in delivery of health services, ranging from hospital acute care to home care of the chronically ill.

“It shows what we already know – that we’re at the bottom.”
-- State Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat, speaking about the same report.

“I think a 30-year-old in Massachusetts, because of cultural, political and economic reasons, is probably going to view the value of insurance very differently than a cattle hand in Texas.”
-- Joshua Archambault, director of health policy research at Boston’s Pioneer Institute, saying experiences with mandatory health insurance in Massachusetts shouldn’t be used as a national benchmark.

“Healthcare is the complete reverse of an IPhone: It makes seemingly simple things complex. ... My wife signed up for Medicare last month; after hours on the phone with Medicare agents, she stopped them at Part D worried that it went all the way to Part Z.”
-- Ian Morrison


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