Read carefully: By Marcia Angell, M.D. for Huffington Post Here is my program for real reform: Well, the House health reform bill known to Republicans as the Government Takeover finally passed after one of Congresss longer, less enlightening debates. Two stalwarts of the single-payer movement split their votes; John Conyers voted for it; Dennis Kucinich against. Kucinich was right. Conservative rhetoric notwithstanding, the House bill is not a government takeover. I wish it were. Instead, it enshrines and subsidizes the takeover by the investor-owned insurance industry that occurred after the failure of the Clinton reform effort in 1994. To be sure, the bill has a few good provisions (expansion of Medicaid, for example), but they are marginal. The House bill would take money out of Medicare, and divert it to the private sector and, to some extent, to Medicaid. The remaining costs of the legislation would be paid for by taxes on the wealthy. But although the bill might pay for itself, it does nothing to solve the problem of runaway inflation in the system as a whole. Its a shell game in which money is moved from one part of our fragmented system to another. Cont: Healthcare-NOW! - Is the House Health Care Bill Better than Nothing?