Whole Foods, the (rather pricey) “natural foods” chain, is facing a boycott from some of their customers, because of an op-ed by their CEO John Mackey. It can be found here, on the Wall Street Journal’s web site (Aug. 12th): “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare” . I thought all his points made sense, as a preliminary step to any further health care restructuring. Here are his suggestions:
1. Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).
2. Equalize the tax laws so that that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.
3. Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
4. Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.
5. Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
6. Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.
7. Enact Medicare reform.
8. Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
What would be wrong with any of those eight points? But I don’t think any of them are part of the bill which the President’s allies are trying to push thru the Congress.