She is quoted saying,
At a White House briefing Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said some of what passes for health insurance today is so skimpy it can’t be compared to the comprehensive coverage available under the law. “Some of these folks have very high catastrophic plans that don’t pay for anything unless you get hit by a bus,” she said. “They’re really mortgage protection, not health insurance.”
My differing views are here:
The health coverage most Americans have is what I call “insulation,” not insurance. Rather than insuring them against risk, most families’ health plans insulate them from paying for most health care bills, large and small.
I would like to know Ezra Klein’s take on this. Some possibilities:
1. He is alarmed that such an important person and the aides who prepared her talking points are clueless, and he will write a column along those lines.
2. He recognizes that she is clueless, but he thinks it is not an important story. If so, perhaps he will leave a comment here explaining why.
3. He recognizes that she is clueless and that this is an important story, but this is not the sort of thing he wants to call to the attention of Washington Post readers. (This is the least charitable possibility, so it does not really belong on this blog.)
4. He has received a background briefing that “clarifies” her remarks, and he will write a column along those lines.
5. He himself believes that catastrophic health insurance should not qualify as health insurance, and he will write a column along those lines.