As health care legislation moves toward a crucial airing in the Senate, the White House is facing a growing revolt from some Democrats and analysts who say the bills Congress is considering do not fulfill President Obama’s promise to slow the runaway rise in health care spending. ...The claim that "reform" of Medicare and Medicaid could "bend the curve" was always laughable. We have been trying to reign in these programs for decadaes; if we had easy, effective ways to reduce costs (other than simply reducing care) we would have adopted them long ago.
Health economists say it is impossible to know whether the bills, including one passed by the House on Saturday night, would meet that goal, and many are skeptical that they even come close.
So, it is no surprise that experts do not expect the Congressional bills to reduce the growth in health costs. The only question is whether the administration's ploy has suckered enough voters to get this faux reform adopted before the reality hits home.