Sunday, June 21, 2009

CPR

Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee and one of President Obama's choices for Commerce Secretary, has outlined a new proposal for universal health care; one that doesn't rely on government-run care to insure every American, and that has a good chance of not bankrupting the federal government in the process. His proposal is dubbed CPR, meaning Coverage, Prevention, and Reform.

The first area, Coverage, involves requiring every American to purchase coverage. For those who cannot afford it, the government will provide assistance in obtaining it. For Prevention, the plan creates incentives for people and businesses to live healthier lifestyles now so they won't need greater, higher-cost health care later in life. These incentives include first-dollar coverage for early health screenings and immunizations, as well as rewards for participating in employer-sponsored programs such as fitness club options which some employers offer.

Finally, the bill addresses Reform. As the senator points out, health care consitutes about 17% of the U.S. economy. That doesn't sound like much, until you consider how much money the total economy is worth. When you're talking about health care plans being considered that would cost in the trillions (with a "t"), you can't help but ask yourself if the government isn't spending far too much already. Under Senator Gregg's plan, there are several ways to improve the quality, rather than the quantity, of health care which would make it far easier for everyone to pay for coverage. There are several methods listed in the article, and I encourage everyone to read and ponder them.

I've seen some of the health care proposals out there. Frankly, not a lot of them inspire much confidence in me. Of the few that do, Senator Gregg's is right near the top. I hope everyone gives it its due consideration, and support.

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