The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

On NRO today, Tevi Troy and I suggest a Republican alternative — one that would lower premiums, bend the cost-curve down, reduce the number of uninsured by half, and still be deficit-neutral (without having to cut doctors’ fees to make that deficit-neutral claim). Our proposal wouldn’t raise taxes, would divert hundreds of billions of dollars from already barely-solvent Medicare, and wouldn’t dramatically increase the federal government’s power and control over our health-care system.

By providing a blueprint for real reform — reform that doesn’t mess with anyone’s employer-provided insurance or its tax status —Republicans could more starkly portray the indefensible nature of the Democrats’ already unpopular bills. Americans are thirsting for an alternative to seeing their taxes, premiums, and deficits increase, while their quality of care and liberty decrease. Senate Republicans should give it to them — and now.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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