An Opportunity, Not a Dilemma.Posted: January 20, 2010
With Republican Scott Brown’s election to the Senate from Massachusetts, and the unlikelihood that health care legislation as the Democrats have written it will now pass, we have an opportunity to create a simpler and much-needed new law, arguably the law we always should have wanted. I can write it in three bullet points.
- Make it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to new customers based on pre-existing conditions.
- Make it illegal for insurance companies to terminate coverage of existing customers based on loss of employment or getting sick.
- Require all adults to carry health insurance for themselves and their children (for the same reason we require all drivers to carry automobile insurance—to spread out risk and reduce premiums for everyone).
There. Minus that last parenthesis, 48 words. If I can do that, why can’t Congress and President Obama? It’s not brain surgery.