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Jindal’s Op-Ed


I imagine congressional Republicans such as Paul Ryan, John Shadegg, Tom Coburn, and Jim DeMint will be annoyed that in the course of urging Republicans to offer health-care alternatives Jindal doesn’t mention any of their existing bills. Several of the ideas Jindal mentions also seem half-baked. For example, requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions is either meaningless or unworkable unless Jindal is willing to support forcing people to buy insurance. (Insurers could “offer coverage” at unaffordable rates if the government doesn’t ban that too; if it does, healthy people will have an incentive to drop coverage.) I’m not for compulsory health insurance, mind you, but that’s one reason I don’t write op-eds urging that insurers be banned from considering pre-existing conditions.


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