ROM­NEY’S CHICKEN SOUP

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hopeful Mitt Rom­ney may have a cure-all for health care re­form as the Supreme Court hears ar­gu­ments about the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the law on Mon­day. The 2,700-page leg­is­la­tion is sure to prove a “costly nightmare” Mr. Rom­ney says, promis­ing that as pres­i­dent, he’d repeal it, then forge a health care sys­tem guided by state flex­i­bil­ity, mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion and con­sumer choice. The can­di­date al­ready has ap­pointed a five-man “health care pol­icy ad­vi­sory group” that ap­pears ready to rum­ble.

At the ready: Scott At­las, se­nior fel­low at the Hoover In­sti­tute and chief of neu­ro­ra­di­ol­ogy at the Stan­ford Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter; Tom Barker, deputy gen­eral coun­sel and later gen­eral coun­sel for the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment dur­ing the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion; Scott Got­tlieb, a prac­tic­ing physi­cian, Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute fel­low and a for­mer Bush-era of­fi­cial in the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion; Paul Howard, se­nior fel­low at the Man­hat­tan In­sti­tute; and Tevi Troy, a Hud­son In­sti­tute se­nior fel­low and for­mer deputy sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

If Amer­i­cans pine for kitchen ta­ble eco­nom­ics over un­wieldy leg­is­la­tion, a com­pre­hen­sive “chicken soup”-style health care sys­tem with a recipe of straight­for­ward in­gre­di­ents may cure costly symp­toms of Oba­macare, some rea­son.

“The new pol­icy group has some­one from Hoover, Hud­son, AEI, and Man­hat­tan — four key con­ser­va­tive think tanks. As for what works, all four of the think-tank folks are ded­i­cated to ex­plain­ing health care in a clear, di­gestible, and un­der­stand­able chicken soup way for the public,” a source as­sures In­side the Belt­way.

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