Well, we'll see what happens in health care today in the decisions of the House of Representatives. My money would bet the under, take the status quo and the points. Reform of big industry comes hard in this country, especially when the "plans" of reform are so difficult to wrap your head around.
That being said, I ran across an interesting post by Steve2 at Alexandria (a group blog that DADvocate contributes to from time to time).
The question is: in our free market, why hasn't anyone tapped into the discontent with our current health care providers with a super-low cost health option. The author likens this to WalMart health care. The need and market is certainly there, and one of the strengths of free-market economies is the rise of entreprenuers to fill holes in the market.
As I've stated before, if there is even one dollar to be made, our culture's entreprenuers will create a business to compete for it. So why is there no movement to capitalize on the dollars that folks would spend on discount health care or insurance?
I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know one thing: if health care reform fails today in the House, liberals and progressives would do well to begin seeking non-government, market based alternatives to the health care crisis. Use the freedoms of our system to begin driving the prices down and forcing big insurance to compete for customers.
If they can't pass wholesale health reform with their current political capital, we have to look for other ways to get at this problem. Liberals and progresives should find a way to make health insurance co-ops easier to start. They should start finding a way to lower the costs of becoming nurses and doctors, and progressive activists should start looking to actually become nurses and doctors (as the right wing decided to do years ago in response to Roe vs. Wade). Tax breaks and development grants could encourage the creation of non-profit community clinics so doctors and nurses could still make money without serving corporate interests.