Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Health Care, Jobs and 'Daddy, Daddy'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Health Care, Jobs and 'Daddy, Daddy'

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Byline: PHIL FRETZ

Local Republicans will sponsor a health care forum at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Fraternal Order of the Police building, 5530 Beach Blvd.

It will be interesting to hear what the speaker, Conservatives for Patient Rights founder Rick Scott, has to say.

A few thoughts of mine:

- Eliminate employer-based coverage and encourage the creation of cooperatives to sell health insurance. That way, nobody loses affordable insurance when they lose their job.

- Authorize cooperatives to sell policies in every state, increasing competition and better spreading around the risk.

- Eliminate state mandates.

A fourth of all states require that policies cover marital counseling, even for those who are not married, the National Center for Policy Analysis says.

Seven states mandate coverage of hair pieces, even for young people with thick hair.

We keep hearing that too many people aren't insured, even those who can afford it.

Of course, they aren't.

Why would a healthy young person choose to pay for a lot of expensive coverage he's very unlikely to need, as a condition for being allowed to buy a little coverage that he really might need?

Let people tailor their health insurance coverage - and thus costs - to suit their individual needs, just like they do with car and homeowners insurance.

A CHOICE, NOT AN ECHO

Forty percent of Americans say they're conservatives, a recent Gallup poll found. Only 21 percent call themselves liberal.

And two-thirds told Rasmussen they wanted less government spending and lower taxes.

Barring a major change in circumstances, Republicans should make major gains in the 2010 congressional elections, if - and this is a big if - they reject their own Rockefeller-Ford-McCain "blueblood" faction.

You can't win by nominating candidates very similar to the people they're running against.

BYE, BYE JOBS

More than 25,000 people lost their jobs here in the past year, the Times-Union reports. …

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