Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Republican HealthCare Proposal

Ryan has a bill out there, and Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) will introduce another bill.

...the RSC prescription is to improve the individual insurance market by taking away its tax disadvantage. They also want to pre-empt the unreasonable state coverage mandates that have made individual policies unaffordable in states like New Jersey and Maine. (Must every insurance policy really cover marriage counseling? Accupuncture?)

Another key contrast between the two approaches is known as "guaranteed issue." In order to accommodate those with uninsurable pre-existing conditions, Obama and the Democrats have proposed re-shaping everyone's coverage, at the risk of ruining what's good in the current system in the process. The RSC plan, on the other hand, treats uninsurable people as the special cases they are. It subsidizes their care and gives states incentives to create risk pools for them.

The RSC's (and Ryan's) bills use this text as a guidestar:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Every now and then, it's useful to remind people about that Amendment, eh??

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