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Jeff Anderson’s Small Bill

At the Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Anderson calls for a “small-bill” alternative to Baucuscare.

But Republicans cannot lead merely by stating abstract principles. They must advance specific proposals–ones that are easily understandable and can be expressed in plain language to the American people. The Republican bill should be as short and simple as possible. It should be targeted to address Americans’ specific and pressing concerns. And it should make health insurance more accessible, affordable, and portable–without breaking the bank, threatening the quality of care, or jeopardizing the preexisting insurance of millions. It should look something like this.

I don’t think Anderson’s proposal goes far enough, but it includes a number of smart ideas.

Reihan Salam is president of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.

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