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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Will Obama Embrace Real Health Care Reform?

Congressional Republicans unveiled an alternative health care reform proposal last week.  Grace Marie Turner and Joseph Antos offer a glowing review of the plan.

John Goodman offers a positive review of the proposal, with some recommendations for improvement, and a suggestion that President Obama embrace this proposal, as it achieves his goals (assuming that goal is more covered individuals, not government control of health care) at no cost.  And the Cato Institute's Michael Tanner also has a not-so-negative assessment of the plan.  Michael Cannon still hopes for better, but also thinks the proposal would do more good than harm.

The primary weakness of the plan, as critiqued by the latter three, is the incentives to encourage state-run "exchanges" (and as Goodman notes, dropping the idea of a national market for insurance).

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