Why We Passed Health Care Reform: Finally, an Understandable Video


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Health Care Costs - John Green

What proportion of our national health care costs are spent on “bad lifestyle choices”? Less than you may think. This and dozens of other juicy tidbits from health care policy wonk John Green.

As we prepare to destroy our government and the world economy in a fit of pique over Obamacare — the law that makes your pre-existing conditions irrelevant and lets your kids stay on your policy until they turn 26 — it seems that lots of people still, still, still don’t know the basics of our healthcare problem.  Well, this good-looking, fast-talking, funny, and informed guy wants to have a thousand or two words with you, in under 8 minutes.  You gotta watch this:

So remember: we’re comparing Obamacare to something.  And this is what we’re comparing it to. And it really, really, really sucks — and it’s dragging down our economy and destroying people’s lives. So as we go pinballing through the next month or so of crisis related to Obamacare — which certainly can be improved, if Congress was willing to do so — check out what critics are saying against what’s in this video.

Are they complaining about a $50 billion per year part of a $750 billion per year problem? If so, you’re question ought to be: do they just not know their stuff — or are they actively lying to you?

Now, you may be wondering why, over the course of almost five years, the Obama Administration still can’t seem to explain things this clearly.

(Sorry, that’s the final sentence.  I have no explanation for it either.)


About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.