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Health Care Reform: How a Small Bill Could Pay Big Dividends

There's no way a one-page proposal could be better than a 1,500-page, trillion-dollar bill — is there?

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Jeffrey H. Anderson

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November 3, 2009 - 8:32 pm
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ObamaCare is running largely unopposed, and yet it is losing in the polls. Imagine how few people would support ObamaCare versus a viable alternative — a bill that addresses Americans’ pressing health care concerns without raising their insurance premiums and taxes, without jeopardizing the health insurance of millions, and without inviting a government takeover of our health care system.

And imagine if that alternative proposal were able to fit on a single page.

Such a small bill proposal already exists and has emerged as a leading Republican alternative to the massive Democratic bills and their attempted health care overhaul. It is based on similar principles as the fine plans advanced by Sen. Tom CoburnSen. Jim DeMintRep. Paul RyanRep. Tom Price, and others, but it is simpler, more targeted, and easier to understand.

The one-page proposal has been endorsed by the Weekly Standard, highlighted by the New York Times, and praised on the Fox Business Network. It is also gaining a great deal of traction on Capitol Hill.

The small bill proposal would meet the widely stated two-part goal of health care reform: It would cut health costs and reduce the number of uninsured. The Democrats’ 1,500-page, trillion-dollar behemoth bills would raise costs and — by providing ill-conceived incentives for people to jump on and off of insurance at any time — might well increase the number of uninsured.

Here are the highlights of the small bill proposal, which is visible at www.smallbill.org:

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