Thursday, December 11, 2008
Obama seeks health care reform
Apparently, President-elect Obama is seeking advice on what to do about the health care problem—yes, there actually is a problem, contra George "everyone can just go to an emergency room" Bush. I highly recommend this book to Mr.Obama and everyone else interested in a solution to our mess: Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America. The author, Dr.Ezekiel Emanuel, proposes a radical solution: every American should get a health care voucher equivalent to the benefits members of Congress receive. No one would be denied care because of a preexisting condition. Dr.Emanuel's plan would not be identical to Canada's "single-payer system," because he believes those plans encourage fraud and long waits. My only quibble with this book is that he proposes a VAT tax to pay for his plan, and I'm not sure people would accept this. Notwithstanding this flaw, this is still the best health care book I have read. I also suggest Melvin Konner's Medicine at the Crossroads—which endorses a single-payer system.