The problem, at long last, is becoming hard to avoid.
If everyone buys insurance, then our current health care system can provide “Lexus” care for a cost of about $13-15K for a family of 3-4 persons.
That’s the kind of care that my family enjoys. It’s not bad, really.
The problem, of course, is that Americans expect a bill more like $6-8K/year. We can’t do that in America. If we were to deliver health services at this price point, they’d be “Manhattan subway” services. An excellent form of transportation, but loud, smelly and lacking plush carpets.
So we have a reality problem.
Update 9/16/09: Economix has a relevant post. The $13-15K number turns out match a Kaiser study.