John R. Graham of thebacks up the following claim with data:
The United States continues to experience a long-term trend of loss of patients’ control of health spending. Attempts to reverse this with tools such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Flexible Spending Arrangements, Medical Savings Accounts, and Health Savings Accounts have not resulted in systemic change.
As a result, Americans control less of our own health spending than do residents of other developed countries. Afteris defeated, reversing his long-term trend must be the top priority of the real health reform that replaces it.