Monday, March 8, 2010

The healthcare alternative not taken

Some oppose abortion, some are worried about premiums, and some have zeroed in on taxes. But House Democrats do have this in common: They're all being heavily courted to support President Obama's health care legislation.

Imagine if Obama had simply said, "we're going to expand Medicaid to include the 15 million poorest currently uninsured Americans", and then focused on regulatory reform to promote equity and contain costs?

Obama could have gotten his 4 to 10 Republican votes, plus all Democrats.

Instead, he tore the country apart with one year of rancorous debate, ignored more pressing issues, and designed an overly bureaucratic, overly complex, overly partisan and overly expensive plan . . . to expand insurance coverage to the 15 million poorest currently uninsured Americans.

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