Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupting the Federal AND state governments… which begs the question why anyone would propose what is essentially more Medicare and Medicaid? Why not fix Medicare before attempting to restructure 17% of the U.S. economy?

It’s increasingly clear that the Obama healthcare plan will not cut costs or improve the quality of care, which is what is driving the poll numbers down. So if we agree that a plan that cuts costs, maintains the same quality of care, and expands coverage to uninsured is the goal, then let’s put tort reform on the table and decouple employment and healthcare benefits, and embrace something like the German system where risk is pooled, financing through a payroll tax, and competing private insurance plans not impaired by state regulators (in other words, enable interstate commerce for insurance providers)?