Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Good Idea

Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All - New York Times

Granted that I haven't read the bill itself, but this sounds like a great idea. I'm curious as to what a "stripped down" plan would actually cover, and what incentives they're going to give to insurance companies, but hey--what if it works?


The Bard said...

Interesting. Very interesting. A bold move by Rommney as well, since he is doing a bit more than "considering" running in 2008.

I am going to reserve judgment on the merits. You know I don't agree with your characterization of the health care crisis overall (although I share your distaste for insurance companies) and think that despite our problems, the current system is better than anything the rest of the world can come up with, better than anything I have heard yet, and better than death.

But this one might work. It seems to take into account personal responsibility, role of inventices, and human nature that such plans often ignore.

I think this plan shows the beauty of our federal system, allowing states to experiement with different policies to see what works. Justice Brandeis once called states labratories of democracy. Wisconsin under Tommy Thompson (another liberal state run by a GOP governor at the time) pioneered welfare reform.

I can think of plenty of problems that might arise, and anything the government does makes me squeamish. But I say Congress should check back in three years, and maybe five years, and find out if there is anything we can learn. If it works, I'm all for it. To quote one of the Chinese Communists who opend their markets a bit, "it does not matter if the cat is black or white so long as she catches mice."

Oh, and if this does work, given the problems with heath care in the USA, get your tongue used to the phrase "President Romney."

Monica said...

Would that be so bad? What do we know about this guy?

The Bard said...

He's a strong mormon. Appears to be a fiscal conversative. Strong on some social issues, weak on stem cells.