David S. Broder – A Market Makeover For Health Insurance

In an op-ed piece in Sunday’s Washington Post, columnist David S. Broder writes that a high powered business group this week will give a strong push for a shift from the traditional employer-based financing to publicly subsidized individual health insurance.

According to the article, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) will issue a report that says that business can no longer afford to pay the rising costs and lacks the clout to curb the forces that are driving health-care inflation.

Instead of the current employer-based system, according to Broder, the CED will recommend a two-step solution, aimed at producing a competitive marketplace with broad individual choices.

Broder concludes that there is a growing sense in business that only a mass marketplace of individuals can apply the competitive pressure needed to discipline the forces of medical inflation.

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