Karen Ramsburg's health care plan draws the best from both political arguments. It maximizes private competition and frees it from government intrusion, while eliminating corrupting/wasteful public system outsourcing. It's lauded as one of 13 most creative ideas on Ezra Klein's Washington Post Wonkblog.
Karen's plan lowers private costs and insurance premiums, encourages competition, allows insurance sales across state lines, breaks up insurance cartels, minimizes counterproductive regulation. It lowers Medicaid/Medicare expenditures by legalizing parallel pharmaceutical imports.
It allows state and federal governments to negotiate drug prices through market purchasing powers, as every other developed country does. It slashes non-medical expenditures by providing primary and preventative health care. It establishes a Veterans Administration-style Health Corps, providing direct cheap care to the most vulnerable. It separates private and public health care systems, ensuring access for all, improving outcomes, reducing costs. It's sensible, humane, cost effective and overdue.
Paulette Jo Frederick