Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Too Sane??

What do the big columnists do when they can't think of anything to write about? They write about something they read the other day that is excellent:

That is, "How American Health Care Killed My Father," by David Goldhill. Even if the above doesn't result in a usable link, take a minute to copy it into your browser because it's the sanest thing you'll read about health care.

Goldhill is a businessman, and his convincing analysis is a mind-opener. The fault, Horatio, is in the comprehensive health care model itself. If consumers paid for non-catastrophic medical care themselves, Goldhill convincingly demonstrates, American health care could come into balance. For example, Wal-Mart is already offering a month's prescription for generic drugs for $4.00 (which I'm glad to know!!). You can also find free or nearly free flu shots at a local pharmacy.

Goldhill proposes more creative approaches that would end up covering everyone for less money than today. A combination of specialized clinics, Health Savings, government subsidies, and capitalism could provide something both workable and American. Or, his analysis just might fall into the category of too sane to be taken seriously.


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