Krauthammer offers another alternative health care reform

Charles Krauthammer writing in the WaPo offers up an alternative health care reform approach:

The administration’s defense is to accuse critics of being for the status quo. Nonsense. Candidate John McCain and a host of other Republicans since have offered alternatives. Let me offer mine: Strip away current inefficiencies before remaking one-sixth of the U.S. economy. The plan is so simple it doesn’t even have the requisite three parts. Just two: radical tort reform and radically severing the link between health insurance and employment.

Krauthammer hits a nail squarely on the head even as his target was other nails. Over the course of the last couple of weeks I keep seeing the Dems and the Left attempt to paint this as an either-or scenario: either you’re for Obamacare or you’re for the status quo. The term I keep seeing thrown around is “anti-reform” which is as huge a strawman as you’re likely to see in life. Everyone who’s seriously looked at our health care system knows it needs reform. Ask the Dems to point out anyone seriously suggesting that everything just needs to stay the way it is and they’ll start squawking about “mobs” and “astroturfing” but they sure won’t come up with any serious example. Opponents of Obamacare such as myself aren’t “anti-reform” and neither are the people getting angry – and beat up, sometimes – at these town hall meetings. We want reform but it has to be something that’s got a chance of fixing the problems while not both killing the system and driving us all further into debt. (And into government-run health care, besides.)

Krauthammer has ideas similar to those advanced by Republicans in Congress and I recommend reading his article.



  1. It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people. And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a lynch mob advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

  2. Welcome, Paul,

    Your comments about how Medicare/Medicaid and the VA are the best healthcare in the world tells me you don’t actually deal with any of those agencies. I notice you also don’t address the bankruptcy staring down Medicaid within the next few years. Those examples you give are exactly the ones that serious people who actually know what’s going on with those programs give to show that the federal government can not run such programs effectively.

    As for a “current history”, I’m continually amazed that people like you appear to think that history began in 1999. I’m looking at a much longer time period and, if you want to be offering anything but these Dem/SEIU talking point platitudes, you should also.

    You’re drinking the kool-aid offered up by people who can’t defend this monstrosity of a health care reform proposal: when you can’t argue the point, argue the people. It’s so much easier to dismiss them, I realize, than to actually defend the points of the proposal but these aren’t paid activists that will just disappear to the next campaign like many you saw last November. These are quite real people, everyday Americans attempting to address Congressmen who suddenly feel like they don’t have to listen to their constituents. Open your eyes and that’s what you’ll see.

    Remember this conversation for down the road. If this thing passes over the objections being voiced by the voters, you’re going to see just how real they are.

    Good luck with your state’s budget thing.

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