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You have to give Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) credit. He tried his hand at compromise by crafting a health care reform bill and was met with opposition, not only from Republicans, but from fellow Democrats as well [Article - Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health Care Plan, Predicts 'Broad' Support]. Now he should somewhat know how John McCain feels.
Here’s what will have to be in or associated with a health care reform bill for it to be accepted by the majority of the people of the United States of America:
- No government or public option. Health care co-ops are still a scaled-down version of government or public option-style health care.
- Pretax and non-taxable medical savings accounts.
- A crackdown on medical over-billing practices.
- Tort reform.
- Better controls against fraud and waste.
- Non-discriminatory insurance coverage.
- No strings attached incentives for those who want to attend medical school and become health care practitioners or providers.
- No tax increases.
If there ever comes to be a bill that exists with the bullet-pointed provisions, the American people will support it. Otherwise, it’s back to the drawing board, Senator Baucus.