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The Small Bill

A one-page alternative to Obamacare.

Feb 8, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 20 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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When the federal government isn’t limiting their ability to do so, Americans know how to shop for value, and they will have no problem identifying the small bill as a far better value than Obamacare. In truth, even the status quo is clearly a better value than Obamacare. But the choice needn’t be between those two unpleasant alternatives. Real reform is within our reach.

A recent McLaughlin and Associates poll asked Americans whether they would prefer Obamacare or a bill that took “more modest steps like allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines to improve competition, creating a risk pool to help people with preexisting conditions afford coverage, and curbing lawsuits against doctors.” By almost three to one—61 percent to 21 percent—respondents favored the more modest alternative to Obamacare. Among those who felt “strongly,” the tally was 31 percent to 9 percent. 

Let’s start over and give the American people what they want.

Jeffrey H. Anderson, the director of the Benjamin Rush Society, was the senior speechwriter for Department of Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt.

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