Sunday, January 30, 2011

Health care reform OK but information insufficient: business scholar

Health care reform will be good for Americans, according to Dr. Joel Rudin, a professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

However, what has not been good is how government officials have explained the policy, and that is impacting what U.S. citizens think of it.

Further, the news media are complicit in the sense that the press has not done its own due-diligence in independently explaining what the actual law will really do.

“Under health care reform, most Americans will have health insurance that is similar to my (New Jersey state) health insurance, but that won’t happen until 2014," Rudin said. "By then, the people who came up with this idea may have been voted out of office. If that happens it will be their own fault for failing to explain to the American people how much better and cheaper their health insurance will be.”

Sharing the blame in Americans' lack of knowledge about health care reform is the press, which can accurately and clearly explain the law -- but hasn't.