Here are John Mackey's ideas for health Care reform, it is vastly different from Obamas. The link is to his article in the WSJ, read it its good. Other than that what are your thoughts on his proposal?
? Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.
I think he is right it is unfair. Its money going to the same cause should be a straight forward tax deduction for all. This would allow people to afford health care insurance.
? Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.
Again this makes sense. It might allow small businesses or individuals to get a plan that best suits them, not a plan that the state allows to suit them. Also with this you could potentially have small businesses pooling together to get better rates for them and their employees.
? Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.
I dont know that I agree here. I think that insurance companies have got to be told on some occasions, so they cant just drop people or exclude critical treatments.
? Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.
If nothing else we should be outraged that there is no mention of tort reform in the current bills being floated by the dems. Clearly this is a huge cost to Dr's and hospitals that is passed on to us.
? Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?
Common sense never hurt anyone, I like this.
? Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.
I have been saying this for that past few days, whatever passes this has got to be addressed.
? Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
This is my favorite. If you want to pay for those who dont have health insurance feel free to do so. I suspect the people who want this expensive Obama reform would neglect to give anything to help those who need insurance. I highly doubt Nancy Pelosi or John Murtha would give to the cause. This makes sense because it would show who really wants to help and who really just wants the government to pay for it. Just like you can volunteer more of your income to taxes, those people who want to tax the rich (even the rich dems) dont voluntarily give more. In other words put your money where your mouth is or shut it.
Overall I think this is a good plan and could make serious headway to solve our health care issues. Obviously one plan cant solve everything put its a start.
Oh and Democrats who cry about nobody having another idea and hate those who are just attacking Obamas have basically tried to crucify this guy calling for boycotts of whole foods. Nothing like an honest debate.