Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, this week unveiled "Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America," a comprehensive set of proposals to advance market-based reform. It pulls together many good market-based ideas and would be a giant leap in the right direction.
The bill "eliminates the unfair tax treatment of health insurance," increases affordable options for working families to purchase health insurance through a standard deduction [and] ensures affordable health insurance to low-income individuals through a refundable, advanceable, assignable tax-based subsidy." The bill draws on a number of bills offered in this and previous congresses.
On a day when the Senate Finance Committee voted to expand government-provision of health insurance, Sen. Enzi offered a vision that would revitalize the private market. "We must begin a national debate to examine the whole health care system," he said. "That's what the Ten Steps does -- it is a comprehensive solution to a very big problem."