A Health Care Solution
Townhall – Mona Charen – 3/23/2013
When the American people are unhappy with a policy, they find a way to alter it.
Nearly every American is intimately concerned with the delivery of health care. Choice and competition can deliver what Americans desire -- a quality product at an affordable price.
The pre-Obamacare health care system was not a free market for health care at all but a peculiar hybrid with distorting incentives created by bad government policy.
Because it was a form of compensation and not true insurance, health coverage became ever more expansive and expensive. Employees were shielded from the true cost of what they were consuming and accordingly failed to economize.
Over the past 30 years, 1800 mandates have been adopted, driving up the cost of insurance.
Smart conservative health policy analysts have proposed a way to cut the Gordian knot -- Remove the tax deduction for health insurance purchases from employers and give it to individuals. . . . if individuals were given a $5,000 tax credit (fully refundable for those below the poverty line) for the purchase of health insurance, insurance companies would compete to provide excellent coverage for $5,000.
" ... The essential common element is a move toward consumer control. Individuals would become active, cost-conscious consumers looking for value in the health care marketplace. This shift would, in turn, create tremendous incentives for those delivering medical services to find better and less expensive ways of caring for patients and keeping them well."
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