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The Health Care section has been revised, comments welcome.

The Health Care plank has been revised. I am told it resembles the Swiss system for dealing with health insurance except that the system proposed here does not have an individual mandate.  It also has some things in common with the Wyden/Ryan plan. One significant difference between the Party's plan and the Wyden/Ryan proposal is that they suggest that the size of the voucher or credit be tied to the health status of the recipient. I view this as a huge bureaucratic complexity and unnecessary if the credit is large enough that the vast majority of people will choose to use it.

 Let me know what you think.

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1. Scott | December 06, 2011 at 08:20 PM EST

\"For a variety of reasons we feel that it is unhelpful to characterize any good or service as a \"right,\" even if it makes good public policy sense to subsidize or provide that service publicly. Doing so only inflames the anger of those who are expected to pay for the \"right\" and creates expectations, among those who feel entitled to it, that may be economically impossible to fulfill.\" It is my understanding the average person will only contribute about 1/3 of the amount they eventually collect from medicare - the math for this \"right\" simply does not work which creates a challenge of epic proportions facing our economy.

2. Mike B. | December 20, 2011 at 07:53 PM EST

The Congressional Budget Offices long-term forecast for the deficit illustrates nicely that the math can't possibly work. If we keep Medicare as is it will eventually squeeze out all other discretionary spending and then some.

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