- Establishing a more uniform Medicaid program by extending eligibility to all individuals with incomes below 133% of the poverty level,
- Increasing federal investment of Medicaid by increasing federal funding of state Medicaid programs,
- Undoing some of the effects of preferred tax treatment of employer-sponsored insurance by imposing an excise tax on expensive plans (Cadillac tax),
- Beginning to sever the link between employment and health insurance by permitting access to exchanges,
- Supporting comparative effectiveness research, which should identify treatments with greater efficacy and safety,
- Taking some of the politics out of Medicare pricing by establishing an Independent Payment Advisory Board, which should increase the chances of more efficient pricing and payment,
- Promoting accountable care organizations (ACOs) for which Medicare payment will be based in part on quality, not exclusively quantity, of services.
These are just a few of the ways in which current legislation would promote the ideas I listed earlier. That health reform is complicated tells you nothing about what’s in it. In fact it is full provisions that take steps toward a more sensible health care system (see for yourself). After all, that’s the point.