It’s like weight training. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is methodically building up her political prowess and the gravity of her opinions — framing herself as serious contender rather than mere provocateur.
“Americans want health care reform because we want affordable health care. We don’t need subsidies or a public option. We don’t need a nationalized health care industry. We need to reduce health care costs,” Mrs. Palin wrote at her Facebook page in a lengthy take on health care reform.
“But the Senate Finance [Committee] plan will dramatically increase those costs, all the while ignoring common-sense cost-saving measures like tort reform. Though a Congressional Budget Office report confirmed that reforming medical malpractice and liability laws could save as much as $54 billion over the next 10 years, tort reform is nowhere to be found in the Senate Finance bill.”
“Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private-sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called ‘Cadillac’ plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage,” Mrs. Palin advised.
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