A billion here, a billion there…

Hmmph. The Washington Post reports that the outgoing Congress snuck in an extra $1 billion to expand Health Savings Accounts in a final piece of legislation, with little review or oversight.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/10/AR2006121000884.html

On this blog, and on fact sheets on the Health Access home page, we have detailed why we think HSAs (and the high-deductible plans they encourage) are problematic from a health care perspective. But there’s also just the opportunity cost. For every dollar spent on HSAs to largely benefit upper-income folks with high-deductible plans, that’s less a dollar that is available on proven programs to get patients coverage. Like SCHIP, which efficiently and effectively covers children.

Maybe there’s another way to think about this: If the Congress can so easily find a billion dollars for that, then maybe this health care issue really isn’t so complicated…

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