I'm wondering why we can't get Charles Krauthammer to run for Congress. His plan for health care reform is just plain good common sense.
In his weekly column, Krauthammer first points out the problems with the current plans offered on Capitol Hill: the mandates, the subsidies, the increased taxes, the penalties, etc., pointing out that "The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool."
Amen to that!
(Does the Senate really have a swimming pool?)
Krauthammer's more simplified plan incorporates those things that Republicans have been saying all along such as portability across state lines. I'm loving his "oranges" example here:
Second, even more simple and simplifying, abolish the prohibition against buying health insurance across state lines. Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges across state lines. If you couldn’t, oranges would be extremely expensive in Wisconsin, especially in winter. And the answer to the resulting high Wisconsin orange prices wouldn’t be the establishment of a public option — a federally run orange-growing company in Wisconsin — to introduce “competition.” It would be to allow Wisconsin residents to buy Florida oranges.
It just doesn't get any more simple than that, folks? Why in the world do we need a 2000+ page bill to correct or reform something that could be done so easily and without creating over 100 new boards, bureaucracies and commissions?
It makes no sense.
Read the whole thing - there's more and Krauthammer is spot on today.