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The Baucus Plan: The Status Quo on Steroids
Posted By Nina Owcharenko On September 9, 2009 @ 10:30 am In Health Care | 9 Comments
Senator Baucus’ latest attempt  to reach a bi-partisan agreement still misses the mark. While there may be a few elements that may be worth discussing, the vast majority of the proposal continues to take the discussion over reform in the wrong direction.
Many of the same fundamental problems plague this proposal as the other proposals in Congress.
Even the elements that may have some hope – like income relating Part D benefit and tax credits – hit a wall. If Congress is going to means-test Medicare benefits, the savings should go to bring down the costs on future generations not to pay for a massive coverage expansions for others. Second, tax credits should be targeted solely to individuals, not to small businesses. Small business tax credits are inefficient and a costly proposition. Rather, tax credits should go to individuals and families – making sure the money follows the person not the company.
It is time for Congress to start over. This proposal, like the others in Congress, is not a serious attempt at building a bi-partisan framework. If Congress wants lasting health care reform, it should hit the reset button, focus on elements that can garner broad support – like promoting state-based reforms, fixing the tax treatment of health insurance, and provide assistance to help those at lower-incomes afford private health insurance.
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