(1) Require everyone to have health insurance, with subsidized plans for low-income citizens. (2) Compel insurers to accept anybody who applies for coverage and to charge roughly the same premium for everyone, regardless of health status. (3)...
Most of what Jeff Jacoby is saying is a bunch of poppycock. It's not based on economic reality. While I think getting the government out and letting free market loose in health care is a good thing, it's going to do very little to lower costs. Health care costs are high because treating someone with a chronic disease is expensive. Take Care clinics and the like can go a long way in reducing the costs for preventive care and some ambulatory care, but we already have those operating in the marketplace. We're getting sicker, older and fatter as a nation and treating the old, sick and obese and the diseases that result from those is not going to be done on the cheap, no matter who takes over.
What is the best way to make sure that Americans with chronic medical conditions -- those most likely to need costly or frequent health care -- can afford the insurance they need to meet their bills? The conventional answer, reflected in Mitt Romney's 2006 health-care reform law in Massachusetts and the federal overhaul signed by Barack Obama in 2010, contains these ingredients:
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