04 September 2009

Bipartisan health care reform

Tennessee's Bob Corker is quickly becoming one of my favorite senators.

Based on comments by Sen. Corker (see link), Sen. McCain on the Tonight Show a few nights back, as well as comments from several moderate Democrats, I think 70% of Americans could get behind a bill that accomplished the following things:
  • Increases portability of coverage -- e.g., if you lose your job, you still have the option to pay your premiums and continue your coverage
  • Allows people to go across state lines to get the health care of their choice
  • Limits the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions (Keith Olbermann, who I normally can't stand, described this phenomenon as "discriminating against the sick." I'm not sure I agree with that, but it's interesting)
  • Incentivizes the purchase of health insurance via tax credits
  • Encourages the creation of a special risk pool for people with serious illnesses
What's that, you say? You want a "public option"? It's called Medicaid.

The problem is, as noted here, it's up to the president and his liberal allies to actually demonstrate a willingness to compromise. Not surprisingly, "compromise" isn't a word that's used much in the Obama White House.

Your move, Mr. President.

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