Matt Patterson

New Yorkers, in particular, would gain -- because state regulations have pushed the price of such health policies out of reach of average incomes.

The GOP plan also includes reforms to the nation's medical-liability system, including "a statute of limitations on bringing a case" and a "cap on noneconomic damages to $250,000."

Texas passed similar reforms in 2003 and 2005. According to an April 2008 study by The Perryman Group, these reforms led to an additional 430,000 Texans obtaining health insurance, and also created nearly half a million new jobs.

If the goal of health-care reform is to insure every citizen, then the GOP proposal comes up short. But if the goal is to make insurance more affordable for tens of millions of Americans, the GOP plan does just that -- at little or no cost to the taxpayer, and without a government take-over of one-sixth of the US economy.

Sure sounds like an alternative.

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson is senior editor at the Capital Research Center and contributor to Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (HarperCollins, 2010). His email is