Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama disease

Jason Fodeman at the Heritage Foundation writes in an op-ed that the cure President Obama proposes for the nation's health care system is worse than the disease:

The part of our health system that's broken isn't the care; it's the financing.

The way to fix it is not to have government pick up an even larger share of the tab. The answer is to give individuals more control over how their health care dollars are spent. That includes letting them decide what kind of coverage they want, be it a health savings account or some other options.

For this to happen, Washington will have to change the tax code. It also means establishing a system where Americans can select the coverage that best suits their situation - and keep it even when changing jobs.

Unfortunately, the House budget sets the stage for an incremental federal takeover of medical service financing and delivery. It's the wrong prescription.