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Keep It Simple

What a Republican health-care plan should look like.

12:00 AM, Oct 6, 2009 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Many Republican members, including Representative Tom Price and Senator John McCain, have already released or have been developing small-bill proposals along these lines. Perhaps Republicans can coalesce around one of these--remembering to keep it simple--and in the process provide a moderate and politically viable alternative to the Democrats' efforts to impose a government-centric overhaul.

With a sensible small bill in hand, newly empowered Republicans could steer an attractive course between two undesirable extremes: handing the federal government far greater control over Americans' health care, their economy, and their lives--or doing nothing at all.

Download the small-bill proposal here.

Jeffrey H. Anderson, a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.