Ron Paul, the libertarian congressman from Texas, whom nobody ever confused with a me-too Republican, has proposed a health care reform that deserves the name "reform."
It's almost certain not to get anywhere, though. Which might be a mercy. Americans might risk broken arms reaching for it too fast.
It's this. Whatever a family has to pay for the doctor, the hospital, the pills or the shots, it could deduct on their federal tax return.
Get that? A 100 percent tax credit on health care costs. Socialized medicine turned inside out, you might say.
Instead of the government taking care of us, we take care of ourselves. And by just that amount, lowering our tax bills.
The screams in Washington might be heard clear to Pittsburgh, where the congressman who marches to his own drummer grew up in suburban Munhall. Pangs of tax starvation would grip the Treasury. Rep. Paul, a retired physician, would treat that malady by putting Uncle Sam on a severe spending diet. In short, a snowball's chance.
Yet his proposed H.R. 1495, the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act of 2009 is a useful exercise. It demonstrates how market forces might yet rope in the inflation that's stampeding toward socialism.
Paul's good health care idea won't ever survive - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review