May 3, 2009: To reform, create a real marketplace (Politico)

  • Because of Washington’s inability to deliver high-quality care, the American people remain wholly opposed to turning control of medical decisions over to the government. To overcome this, Democrats in Congress have begun promoting an innocent-sounding “public option.” They claim the public option would simply “compete” with private plans. 
  • While Democrats continue their predictable call for more bureaucracy in the lives of the American people, there is a positive solution to reforming American health care so that patients are put first. This reform must be built upon dual pillars: a tax structure in which care is accessible to all Americans and a system in which care is truly owned and controlled by patients. 
  • The decision we make will reverberate far into the future, and the choice preferred by the American people is obvious. The question is: Will Washington listen?