Health Care For All

Massachusetts passed legislation yesterday that seeks to provide health care for all. Before you say, "of course those liberals are going to tax and spend their way to that goal", go take a look at the details.

The foundation of the plan is the notion of individual responsibility. If you can afford to have health care, you are required to have it. If you don’t, you get penalized on your taxes. If you cannot afford health care, the government steps in. Businesses with more than 10 workers are required to provide insurance or will pay penalties.

I am not an expert on this stuff, but this middle of the road approach sounds good to me. An important step to addressing our health care crisis in this country is getting everyone covered so that we can focus on preventive care instead of chronic care.

I hope other states, including New York, take a hard look at what Massachusetts did. It sounds like the way to go.