In the President's big speech, I heard nothing that would really address health care costs. Our government has proven unable to contain costs with Medicare or Medicaid. Health systems in Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan have all failed to contain health care costs.
But there is one place where the US government has been able to control medical expenditure: the Indian Health Service.
Our government provides single-payer health care for many Native American tribes, and they have simple plan for cost controls: Don't get sick after June.
Quite simply, the government allocates a certain amount of money, and when it's gone, it's gone. After that, if you're not "dying or about to lose a limb," you're not going to get much care.
Ok, this isn't really a scheme for cost control. It is, however, a good example of what can happen when goverment is too involved in your health care.
Is there no way to tackle the rising cost of health care?