Palin Pens WSJ Op-Ed On Health Care
Sarah Palin looks to frame the debate on health care with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today. One can break it down into a few basic themes: common sense based on experience and observation versus unproven theoretical constructs; government rarely, if ever, truly solves anything, often only making it worse; and who do you ultimately want to have control of you, your life, death and health care options?
Would that be you, at least as a consumer of it, or the government? Obviously, there's little doubt as to my own sentiments. Read the rest at link above.
How can we ensure that those who need medical care receive it while also reducing health-care costs? The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree.
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.