Obamacare Advisor Predicts The Imminent Death Of Private Health Insurance
July 1, 2014 by Ben Bullard
Would you be surprised to learn that Rahm Emanuelâs brother Ezekiel â one of the key architects of Obamacare â is again boasting that current government-influenced market forces will soon kill (literally) the health care industry as we know it?
Ezekiel Emanuel, author of the recently-released Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System, drove home one of the central messages of his lavishly-titled book on Monday, telling Reuters that, â[b]y 2025, insurance companies as we know them: dead.â
Emanuel, formerly a special health advisor to the Obama Administration, upholds the U.S. Veterans Health Administration as a model of cost control and treatment efficiency in the book â which released mere weeks before news of the Obama Administrationâs VA scandal broke. Shortly after the bookâs publication, he argued in this fashion that his position does not equate to an advocacy of a single-payer system:
No! There are some Americans that want single-payer. All I can say is the majority donât. Americans arenât into the single-payer game. It ainât happening. We barely got the Affordable Care Act through. We certainly would not have gotten a single-payer proposal through.
On Monday, Emanuel didnât mention single payer in discussing the future of American health care with a Reuters interviewer, but he did elaborate on how Obamacare will, in his opinion, affect the health care market over the next 10 years.
âBy 2020, weâre gonna have a very different system thatâs much better for patients; that controls costs, and I think the qualityâs gonna be better, and I think the Affordable Care Act was a major catalyst for that,â he said.
ââŚI similarly predict the, sort of, end of health care inflation. Weâve had 50 years of health care growing faster and faster, taking more of the economy, and I think with the Affordable Care Act; with the concentration on keeping people healthy, actually youâre gonna see it grow not faster than the underlying economyâŚ So I think; I mean, the book predicts that, by 2025, insurance companies as we know them, taking in premiums and paying out: dead. And we will have these large integrated delivery systems, like Kaiser, that people will choose fromâŚâ
That isnât exactly single payer, but it is consolidation â a potential next step along the path toward health insurance under one funding (and regulatory) umbrella.