I Spy Minute: It's not what it looks like

Posted on May 21, 2012 by


Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are lurching into a county near you–and soon. The proponents of CCOs, including many so-called “conservative Republicans” say it’s not socialized medicine.


Take a listen: I Spy Minute Mon May 21 2012

Or read the transcript below.

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If you missed the I Spy Radio Show over the weekend, you missed the second part of our interview with Patti Milne, the lone voice of reason among the Marion County Commissioners when it comes to CCOs—coordinated care organizations.

These CCOs are bringing Governor Kitzhaber’s version of Obamacare to counties everywhere.

Proponents of CCOs claim that “It’s not socialized medicine but even if it were, Medicaid and Medicare are socialized medicine, so what’s the big deal?”

Except that argument demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what socialized medicine is.

Socialized medicine is when the government controls healthcare for everyone and controls the entire delivery model. No one has to be on Medicaid or Medicare.

The CCO, however, is seeking to control every aspect of health care, including creating its own insurance company.

And while the CCO starts with Medicaid, its stated goal is to eventually force everyone onto it.

For something that’s supposedly not socialized medicine it sure looks an awful lot like it.