Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Palin Understands Health Care

When Sarah Palin is schooling you on the health care debate, you know it's time for a different tack.
Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform:
market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s
Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all
individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through
their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to
purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions
each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow
people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down
government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care.

Palin earns a great deal of my respect with this op-ed, her ideas echo mine, and her voucher plan to replace Medicare, though not her own idea, is the missing piece I've been looking for in a comprehensive market-based strategy that doesn't leave poor folks in the cold.

Legislators take heed, this plan is politically AND economically feasible.

[WSJ via Enableate]

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