Lindsey on Health Care Reform

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The WPost has an interesting interview with Lindsey about Health Care Reform.  If anyone knows what happens to a family when they have no insurance and a devistating illness, it is Lindsey.  And – instead of wallowing in a sea of self pity, he PAID his family medical bills.

He is interested in a proposal called the Waden-Bennett bill, which he co-sponsored.

“…I think Wyden-Bennett is a start in the right direction. Employers who offer health care are in a constant battle with insurers and their employees about the cost. You sign your employees up and the insurance company is going to make money and it becomes your becomes your biggest growing obligation as a company and you can’t control the cost. Thus you have some employers who just begin to dump employees. What Wyden-Bennett does that’s important is that it changes the tax code and takes that money that employers pay and gives it to me. It becomes my choice, and my bottom line comes much more clearly into focus. If I gave you and your family x amount of dollars to purchase health care, you’d be able to go shop around and make a choice and if the incentives were such that you could actually benefit from those choices, you’d make those choices….You got Republicans arguing give everybody a tax credit. We’re schizophrenic. How many of our bills say we’ll give a tax credit and you go buy the health care you want it? But then we attack Democrats for doing away with employer health care. It makes no sense. Now, they want to give it to the government. We want to give people choices. Wyden-Bennett is a middle ground. We say we’ll do away with the employer’s tax benefits and give that money to the individual but you have to agree that every individual has to be covered and there is a basic plan that has to be covered. That’s where it breaks down on our side….”

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