Their basic point is that trying to fix the rising cost of health insurance without dealing with the underlying problem of the rising cost of health care will lead to moving the problem around, but not solving it. I'm sure they're right.
But I more often hear people actually confuse "health coverage" with "health insurance". And I'd love to see a post addressing how those two terms differ and why it's important.
I recently watched Michael Moore's documentary Sicko, and he focused primarily on people who did indeed have health insurance...but discovered that they weren't really covered for very much or very well.
I think a big takeaway from that movie is that yes, it's terrible that 1 in 6 Americans doesn't have health insurance at all, but our health care system is a real clusterf$%^ because the 5 in 6 who do have health insurance often don't have sufficient coverage. At least that was my takeaway.
And for all those naysayers who say the problem with that lies with irresponsible people and foolish government mandates I would simply ask why health insurers are ever more profitable? not ever more revenue-generating...ever more profitable.
They certainly seem to be doing OK in this era of rising health care costs.