Conservatives offer alternative to Obamacare

Posted by JOHN STARK on November 20, 2013 

While Republicans may be tempted to sit back and watch public discontent reach a boil over Obamacare glitches, two conservatives say it would be better to come up with a market-based fix to the nation's health care problems.

"The biggest Republican misconception about health care is that the system before ObamaCare was a free-market paradise. On the contrary: It has consisted chiefly of massive and inefficient entitlements that threaten to bankrupt the nation; the lopsided tax treatment of employer-provided coverage that creates incentives for waste and overspending; and an underdeveloped individual market struggling to fill the gaps," according to Ramesh Ponnuru and Yuval Levin, writing in the Wall Street Journal.

Exploding health-care costs and millions left needlessly uninsured are a result of misguided federal policies. Solutions require targeted reforms to those policies," they argue.

Ponnuru is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor at National Review. Levin is the editor of National Affairs and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Read their explanation of how a market-based system might work, on the American Enterprise Institute website.

Ferndale City Council member Jon Mutchler alerted me to this via Facebook.

The two authors make their plan sound easy and painless. The hard part, glossed over to some extent, is getting every one of us to be smart consumers of health care and health care coverage, shopping around for the best deal. Most of us can do a reasonable job of shopping around for a washing machine or even a car. Insurance and medical care? Not so much.


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