There are a variety of ideas for attacking cost increases more aggressively, including setting Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals more rigorously and discouraging workers and employers from buying expensive health insurance policies that mask the true costs of treatment.
Among other innovations being considered is a cost-cutting method known as bundling, in which health providers receive a lump sum to care for a patient with a particular medical condition, say, diabetes or heart disease.
So, in other words, some of the ideas being considered are: Maybe the government just won't pay doctors and hospitals as much for treating you (wonder what that will do to the ready availability of health care, after the hospitals close and the doctors quit?). Or maybe you'll be forbidden to buy the health care plan that you believe best meets your family's needs.
Or just maybe the government will "give" a certain amount of money to treat you, and when it runs out . . . well, that's it for you. B-bye.
What Democrats are offering people is a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. Either the US slides into permanent European-style social democracy, with high unemployment, slow growth and high taxes because there is an unsustainable level of health care spending -- or you lose your freedom when it comes to health care. Or, most likely, both.