If "patients are not consumers" then why in the name of sweet suffering Jeebus is neoliberal, market-based HCR "on the table"?
Why not single payer? Heck, why not the National Health Service? Professor? One despairs.
And, oh yeah, this increasingly elderly person takes great exception to the idea -- especially when 'splained by very well-insured pundits who will get the health care they need no matter what -- that it's greedy oldsters who are running up the costs, even if that's now become the conventional wisdom in Versailles, happily shared by conservatives and liberals of conscience alike. How about we cut out the $350 billion a year that the insurance parasites are sucking out of the system as a first step, and go from there, Paper Boy?