I don't understand why Republicans aren't pounding the drum for a free market solution healthcare plan now that the Democrats are at each other's throats over their bill. Cato shows here why special interests will likely kill healthcare reform, but if the Republicans can get public support for a common sense, free market healthcare reform plan, they will have something on which to run going into the next election.
Selling insurance across state lines
Changes in licensing law to allow PAs and RNs to provide lower skill services at lower costs
Re-evaluation of all regulations which add to healthcare costs
Allowing tax deductions for individuals purchasing healthcare insurance
It's simple and easy to understand and it can take place immediately. And, it wouldn't be 1000 pages. A group of Republicans need to put it all on the line and market this plan with everything they have. It marketing effort also needs to contain a challenge to private charity organizations to develop a plan to offer healthcare services to the poor to supplement this plan -- call it a private initiative challenge to help solve the problem, offering tax incentives and initial seed money as a way to begin turning this type of assistance back to the private realm.
If, as a nation we think there should be universal coverage, then let's make it happen without waiting on government to develop another welfare program. I'm sure we can count on all the liberals to donate to the cause -- Soros and Gore and Moore and Hollywood will surely cough up billions to be a part of this private effort to solve the problem. But, seriously, this can be done, and it would be something that could bring the nation together rather than tear it apart.