January 28, 2009 7:24AM

Can Congress and the President Coordinate Care?

Paul Testa of the New America Foundation has kind words for the briefing paper that Arnold Kling and I coauthored, “Does the Doctor Need a Boss?” He notes “how similar the authors’ core arguments and ideas were to other calls we’ve heard for delivery system reform from across the political spectrum.”

But Testa loses us here:

The emerging consensus on the means as well as the ends of delivery system reform create can lay the foundation for broader health reform. It’s up to Congress and the Obama Administration to build off that foundation bringing in the necessary pieces of cost, coverage and financing reforms to create a truly sustainable health care system that works for all Americans.

As Kling explains in this Cato podcast, Congress and the president are the wrong people to direct delivery system reform.