Friday, September 18, 2009

How Free-Marketers Can Win the Healthcare Debate

It’s simple – make the following proposal:

  1. Eliminate tax preferences for employer-provided healthcare.
  2. Allow individuals to purchase health insurance under a federal charter bypassing state laws limiting competition and choice.
  3. Expand the role that nurse practitioners have in providing care.

If that bill does not result in lower health care spending and a reduction of the number of uninsured (controlled for people eligible for welfare but don’t sign up and illegal immigrants) then they would pass some pre-determined single payer plan.

Heck, the plan could be written directly into the bill with a sunset clause.  Its time politicians put their money where their mouth is – make a bet on which system will work and end the stupid debate.

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