I was paired with David Kendall, Senior Fellow for Health Policy and Director of the Health Priorities Project at the Progressive Policy Institute.
We had, whatâ€™s the right word here, a robust conversation. The entire debate will shortly be posted (as a podcast) at http://www.ceasefireonhealthcare.org/podcast, but I wanted to share two things that seemed especially germane and interesting â€“
(1) We debated whether or not physician â€œpay-for-performanceâ€ is a good thing. (My position is that it all depends on what â€œperformanceâ€ means.) Consider this â€“ if we limit what medicines doctors can prescribe based on cost-centric rather than patient-centric models, how can we possibly measure â€œperformanceâ€ outcomes?
(2) Senator Breaux asked if we thought health care would play a major role in the up coming Presidential election. David said, â€œyes.â€ I said â€œno.â€
If the current debate over health care is any indication, what weâ€™re in store for is too many months of sounds bites, finger pointing, and pharma bashing.
And that is not a debate over health care.