As I explain in a new book, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America and in a recent article in Health Affairs, there are major problems that aren’t going away unless Congress acts. Here are two of them.
1. An impossible mandate.
2. A bizarre system of subsidies.
Again, there is a straightforward solution: make the tax subsidy for health insurance the same regardless of where people get their health insurance. It would be even better if we let people use their tax credit to buy into Medicaid and let people on Medicaid leave and claim the tax credit to buy private insurance instead. At a minimum, this would liberate the job market from the arbitrary burdens of health reform.