Sunday, July 01, 2007

My proposal for Wisconsin Universal Healthcare

Jessica McBride suggested that Wisconsin Republicans should propose a health care solution to counter the Democrats $15 Billion Plan.
Republicans are letting Democrats "own" the issue, even if the Democrats favor a socialism plan that would result in $15 billion in payroll taxes. What's the Republicans' own plan? They shouldn't let the Republicans look like they're the only party trying to actively do something about health care.

Republicans shouldn't be a one-trick pony. Being strong on taxes is very important. But what are the Republicans' ideas for other important issues like this one, other than holding the line on taxes?
My solution is impossible and unrealistic to implement, but it makes a great starting position for any negotiations.

The Headless Healthcare Plan for Wisconsin

  • Every penny of state and local tax money now being paid for healthcare benefits shall be confiscated and congregated into the Wisconsin Universal Healthcare Fund. That means any and all payments of public money for health insurance for state employees, city and county employees, and especially school teachers. Toss in anything that now goes to Badger Care or Medicaid, too.
  • Issue a request for proposals to provide a base level of health insurance for each and every one of Wisconsin's 5.5 millions residents. Heck, throw in the illegals too - I am generous and it would be cost effective in the long run.
  • Negotiate the best universal health insurance plan possible using the Wisconsin Universal Healthcare Fund to pay for it.
  • If you want additional health insurance, you are on your own. Employers may provide supplemental insurance coverage or individuals can supplement the base coverage by purchasing individual policies.
My proposal is on the table. Does anyone have anything better?

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