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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Lightning Rod, Part II

SenatorsWaddoups and Davis' observations and challenges to the health care industry have induced an intense reaction - both pro and con.

At this point, there are over 100 comments posted on their most recent blogs:
In Defense of the Health Care Task Force

More Important Than Money

More Important Than Money, Part II

Time For Some Answers

Excellent comments, by the way. Interestingly, almost all of them have been 1. impressively substantive, and 2. safely anonymous.

Food for thought.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Diamondback Jack said...

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5/04/2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Care to rephrase?

5/04/2006 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Diamondback Jack said...

I was just saying you forgot to mention your radio interview. It's worth a listen.

5/04/2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous DS said...

Hallalujah! The $300,000 independent consultants report is out on the issue:

http://www.le.utah.gov/interim/2006/HealthCareReport/index.html

Everyone should read it. It's over 100 pages, but the bottom line is: "This report recommends that the Utah legislature refrain from intervention in Utah's health care markets. Regulatory actions ostensibly intended to benefit consumers are likely to benefit particular providers or insurers to the detriment of competition and to the detriment of consumer welfare." p.2-3.

It pretty exhaustively exonerates Intermountain Healthcare.

5/05/2006 3:43 PM  
Blogger J. Allen said...

I appreciate Senator Waddoups admission in the radio spot that he is not sure that Intermountain Healthcare is "part of the problem". I also agree with his statement that Intermountain is part of the healthcare system in Utah ... well, yeah, it only makes sense.

In light of these statements, I hope that the senators efforts to pursue further "investigation" into our state's healthcare system aren't as directly pointed at any particular entity as they were when he started after Intermountain. I believe that a good objective look into our system to determine what pieces are working and what pieces aren't would be helpful. If the Senator doesn't intend to disband the taskforce, I certainly hope they would consider changing the name of it to reflect a more general objective rather than the very pointed "privately-owned" focus that has connotated an unfair inquiry into one entity's existance. As one commenter alluded to, let's look at the forrest, not just a single tree.

5/05/2006 5:10 PM  
Anonymous jb said...

I must say, "Wow." Not only did the $300,000 dollar report for the Privately Owned Health Care Task Force find that Utah does not have issues with competition, it slapped the Legislature in the face for considering using legislation to regulate the healthcare industry in Utah. (I mean no disrespect with these comments.)

Senator Waddoups’ post on 4/26/2006 4:39 PM stated:
“When the facts are in, rational decisions will be made and we'll propose legislation that will result in better healthcare for our communities.” (Emphasis added.)

Both Senator’s Davis and Waddoups, my tax money was eaten up in the Privately Owned Healthcare Task Force study. Just think of how many Utahns we chould have insured! I want you to follow through with the reports recommendations. DO NOT legislate anything!

Page 87 of the report recommends the following: “Intervention by the Utah legislature to promote competition in these markets is not necessary, and, as a general matter, competitive markets are more likely to be harmed than helped by regulatory directives.” (Emphasis added.)

Further on page 88 , it plainly answers those questions you first posed to the healthcare community of Utah.

DO NOT require Intermountain’s divestiture of its Hospitals, Physicians, or Health Plans.
DO NOT regulate managed care contracting.
DO NOT institute any willing provider regulations.

Additionally, on page 87 and 88, the report recommends that if you have an issue with competition, take it to court. Because, “… such an approach is more likely to address actual competitive problems and [avoid] undermining pro-competitive conduct.”

In conclusion, Senator Waddoups mentioned in his post, that he “felt Linda Fantin’s story was straightforward and substantially accurate.”

Looks like Linda Fantin wrote another straightforward and substantially accurate article, its title: “Consultant: Legislature should butt out of health care.”

I propose we change the subject Senators. I would love to hear you talk more about how to encourage local business growth instead of how to micromanage the state’s healthcare industry, and also found here .

5/05/2006 7:51 PM  
Anonymous jb said...

FYI: Linda has since retitled her article, "Study says IHC is no bully, just successful."

5/06/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous BC said...

Now that this study is out it'll be interesting to watch who opposes it and / or strays from the recommendations in it.

As that should blatantly show who is trying to use the legislature to help them compete against IHC instead of just getting out there and competing on their own.

BTW: Nice article Linda!

5/06/2006 2:20 PM  
Blogger ~plaid said...

Regarding the Health Care Task Force (SB61 2005)--

An alliterative analysis:
Tattle-tale tactics taking taxpayer's tender... tisk tisk.

5/16/2006 3:13 PM  

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