So Romney can’t offer a credible alternative to the Affordable Care Act, since ObamaCare is based on RomneyCare. But there is a viable alternative that was proposed by John McCain, who beat Romney for the nomination in 2008 with this plan.
People were up in arms against McCain about how his plan would “tax healthcare” because it would treat employer health insurance contributions as taxable income, which they totally are.
But we can see now that McCain’s plan was way more honest about calling a tax a tax, and then spending to provide for the general welfare, by giving everyone a refundable tax credit to use with a regulated insurer on the national market, to buy as much insurance as they wanted, from a minimum level of treating common diseases and injuries at an ethical standard of care, without subsidizing abortion or contraception or sex change operations, to choosing a Cadillac plan with expectations of extraordinary care like organ transplants, aromatherapy, gym membership, and discretionary non-medical benefits like sex change surgery, contraception, pregnancy care, and other things only some people want and other people think should not be subsidized or even allowed.
McCain’s plan also would have smoothly moved people to individual plans and allowed businesses to drop coverage and focus on their business, without screwing over their workers, who would all smoothly transition to individual plans for no cost. Warren knows that businesses are burdened by the present system, that was the main reason she advocated for Single Payer. But McCain’s plan accomplishes that without mandating coverage or moving to single payer, just by offering these individual plans to everyone free of charge and automatically.
McCain should re-introduce his bill, he’s still a Senator. His bill was and is better, less coercive and offensive and expensive. Maybe Palin will pick him to be her running mate.