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The British Medical Journal is, by all accounts, a credible scientific journal. I wouldn’t know. I’m not a medical or health expert or a scientific researcher, except for a handful of food safety and nutrition issues.
But I know someone: Doug Badger, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and my deputy at the Senate Republican Policy Committee during the early 1990s. Doug succeeded me as Staff Director of the Senate GOP’s in-house “think tank.” Doug helped craft the Senate GOP’s major alternative to “HillaryCare” during the early years of the Clinton Administration, the Consumer Choice and Health Security Act of 1993.
The bill’s major sponsors, then-US Sens. Don Nickles (R-OK) and the late Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also relied on the Heritage Foundation’s estimable Stuart Butler (now at the Brookings Institute) for philosophical inspiration and guidance. Doug’s major accomplishment, arguably, was bringing Health Savings Accounts to reality. He is my go-to expert on all things health care reform.
That legislation shaped GOP alternatives to Democratic health proposals for several years. I’ll grotesquely oversimply, but it would have made buying health insurance a lot like car insurance. You don’t rely on your employer for car insurance, but you do for health insurance, thanks to a World War II tax code change insisted by unions in exchange for limiting wage increases.
Imagine being able to keep the money your employer spends on insurance for you. Imagine you owning and choosing your health insurance, not your employer. Imagine being able to customize your health insurance, so you only pay for what you need. Where have I heard that before?