Saturday, August 22, 2009

Healthcare Reform According to Whole Foods

Last week, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal titled The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare. It's one of the best articles on what's wrong with Obama's plan, and we should actually do to improve health care insurance. But the liberal enviro-nuts who usually shop at Whole Foods were outraged that their leader dared question Obama's heavenly vision, and started to protest Whole Foods, picket it and so forth.

The article is worth reading in its entirety, here's in brief Mr. Mackey's eight suggested reforms:

• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs)
• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits
• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines
• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover
• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year
• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost
• Enact Medicare reform
• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program

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