Not So Much Change We Can Believe In

James Capretta comes up with a smart conservative response to ObamaCare — let employer-provided healthcare go on as it is and build an alternative “consumer-driven marketplace outside of employer-provided care.” He explains:

In general, it should be something like the program through which federal employees select their coverage every year from competing private insurers. Eligible state residents would have sufficient information about the offerings, and their tax credit would get sent automatically to the plan of their choice. States would be required to ensure that the price and quality differences between competing options were clear, transparent, and easily accessible via the Internet. When residents chose more expensive plans, they would pay the difference out of their own pockets. When they chose less expensive plans, they would get to keep every dollar saved.

No, it isn’t easy to explain, but it may be the only viable alternative to a public-option plan that would surely morph into a nationalized single-payer plan. And it does avoid the concern from voters — which the Obama team is wrestling with — that a great number of people want to just keep what they have.

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Not So Much Change We Can Believe In

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