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Friday, August 7, 2009

Charles Krauthammer: Health-Care Reform: A Better Plan

In the Washington Post, Charlie Krauthammer blasts the Obama Administration's Rube Goldberg health-care plan, and proposes a two step alternative.
(1) Tort reform: As I wrote recently, our crazy system of casino malpractice suits results in massive and random settlements that raise everyone's insurance premiums and creates an epidemic of defensive medicine that does no medical good, yet costs a fortune...

(2) Real health-insurance reform: Tax employer-provided health-care benefits and return the money to the employee with a government check to buy his own medical insurance, just as he buys his own car or home insurance.
Krauthammer goes on to explain the origins of employer-based health insurance, and the political reasons why President Obama has opposed fixing it.

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