With or without Tom Daschle, Congress has some dictatorial health-care reform plans in play, all designed to force everyone else to cover 8 million uninsured Americans who are already covered.
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We already spend roughly $400 billion per year on health care for the poor through Medicaid, and its costs are projected to go through the roof in the future. Block grant these program back to the states through fixed finite grants that don’t increase when the states spend more. Let the states use this money more effectively to aid the poor in obtaining health insurance coverage. As a nation, we can budget more for this if necessary.
Let the states use some of these funds for uninsurable risk pools, which would provide coverage without any exclusion for preexisting conditions for the small number who are too sick to get private coverage any longer. Charge for this coverage stiff premiums to each applicant to the extent he or she can reasonably pay them, but no more. These reforms create a safety net that will assure essential health care for everyone. Notice this is accomplished without any coercive mandates of any kind. No requirement to buy an expensive government policy, no dictation to insurance companies on what to cover, no dictates to doctors and hospitals as to what care they can provide, no new taxes for workers or employers.
But that is why the new Washington powermongers are not interested. They want the power to run health care, in their own vision. These people are dangerous.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online