The Republican Platform on Health Care: Good, Bad, and So-So

The Republican National Convention churned out a 58-page campaign platform that did not ignore health reform. The committee that drafted it was co-chaired by Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, and U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina. Whatever the likelihood of its enacted, it represents some kind of consensus among Republicans about what post-Obamacare health reform should look like.
Overall, the proposals are good, although there are some weak points, too. Let’s start with praise.
The platform recognizes Medicare’s unsustainable financial condition, and would reform it for people aged 55 and younger by giving them the

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