Re: Ramesh’s Post (Two Things), or “The Gop On Health Care”

by Michael F. Cannon

It’d be easy to flay the president for being all over the place on health care. (And given the Medicare Rx program, he’d deserve it.) But his cognitive dissonance is a symptom of the free-market community’s disunity over the direction that health policy should take. Some support tax credits; others don’t. Some want to allow HSAs with any type of coverage; others want to restrict HSAs to catastrophic coverage. Some want to mandate (or spend tax dollars to create) electronic medical records; others demur. Some want to federalize health insurance regulation; others can’t believe their ears. I could go on . . . We need to get the conservative-libertarian coalition singing from the same page. We need to hash this out.

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