I use the word “genuine” to mean reform that isn’t, like Obamacare, a fiscally unsustainable expansion of already-crumbling programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.
A good example of genuine reform would be the Patient’s Choice Act proposed by Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, et al. It is a sensible, free-market alternative that would empower patients and their doctors.
And why doesn’t the Patient’s Choice Act have a snowball’s chance? Because large numbers of Americans actually believe they can get health care without paying for it. Per Rasmussen:
Forty-two percent (42%) of Americans say every one in the United States should have free health care. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% disagree.
Free health care? OK. Let’s try to put this in terms that even a cocktail-party progressive can understand: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “FREE” HEALTH CARE.
The Rasmussen poll demonstrates, once again, why no one ever went broke (or lost a presidential election) by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.