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Healthcare Update: TX May Opt Out of ObamaCare; Rep. Intros Bill to Privatize Medicare

Via the LibertarianRepublican blog, Texas GOP Governor Rick Perry was interviewed by Fox News concerning his views on State’s rights and healthcare, especially if the feds were to actually pass a bill with a public option in it (though, according to, it appears that the Democrats are having an awfully hard time keeping their caucus together, especially with the pesky controversial issue of abortion):

Regarding healthcare and as a means of getting a robust debate started on whether or not the federal government should even be involved in medical decisions, Rep. Dr. Paul Brown (R) from my great State of Georgia is preparing to introduce a bill (h/t again to LR) that would privatize Medicare.

According to the Athens Banner-Herald:

Broun’s bill would replace government benefits with vouchers that could be spent on private insurance or put in tax-free medical savings accounts.

“We’ve got to fix Medicare,” he said. “It’s headed in a direction that’s unsustainable.”

Broun, R-Athens, long has held that entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional, although he has said he wants to reform rather than eliminate such programs. …

Broun acknowledged that his bill, dubbed the OPTION Act, or Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now, will not pass the Democrat-controlled Congress. But he said he hopes Democrats will adopt parts of it as a stand-alone bipartisan bill.

Among Broun’s proposals he said could pass muster with Republicans and some Democrats: Transparent pricing and reimbursement rates, allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, expanding tax deductions for health care expenses, and letting groups of people band together to get lower rates.

Eric points out a link to a related posting from the uber-liberal DailyKOS site (OK, so I can’t say only bad things about the place — they have linked to my site before!) that made the following point about She Who Would Be President ™:

Perhaps the highest profile Republican leading the charge to privatize Medicare is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  After her earlier fear-mongering over mythical “death panels,” in September Palin went rogue on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal, regurgitating the right-wing call for vouchers:

Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care.

In other news related to the States’ rights movement:


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