In case anybody is interested, I have the solution to the health care problem. It's not a new solution. I've touted my idea before on the site. But here it is again, in a more succinct delivery, for anyone willing to put the solution in action.
The problem with the current range of health care solutions getting proposed by government is that it is based on the current system. This system is broken. If something is broken why try to refocus a cracked lens? Stop trying to build a solution out of a broken system and approach from anew.
My solution is born from the recognition that the issue isn't about care. The issue is about health. I finally saw a stat today from the Minnesota Blue Cross CEO who wrote in an opinion piece that 'most' of the costs of health care come from preventable conditions. He gave a dollar amount in the billions to quantify 'most'. This isn't new. But it again demonstrates how health care is riddled by costs arising from personal choice - smoking and obesity.
My solution for health care is to change the nature of the proverbial carrot and stick. Right now, the stick in this country is a progressive tax system. You want to fix health care? Make health the stick.
Everybody gets public health care in this country. Unless you smoke. Then you don't get health care. If you are obese by choice then you don't get health care. You want to reduce the costs of health care and make it fair and accessible for everyone? Stop making tax benefits and tax breaks the stick and make health care the stick. Then institute the flat tax. With those two moves we change the entire landscape of government incentive away from ridiculous loopholes and bloated waste in a 9M word tax code and focus on a health society.