Friday, February 5, 2010

Hsieh OpEd in Boulder Daily Camera: Polis And Public Option

The February 4, 2010 Boulder Daily Camera has published my latest OpEd, "Polis and Health Care Reform".

My theme is that Boulder's congressman Jared Polis (a very liberal Democrat) should drop has latest proposal for a "public option" and instead support free market health care reforms -- because it would be both good policy and good politics.

Here is the introduction:
Boulder's Congressman Jared Polis recently made national headlines when he and fellow first-term Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) teamed up to petition the U.S. Senate to include the so-called "public option" in its next version of health care legislation.

Polis' move was an attempt to break the political stalemate between the House and the Senate following Republican Scott Brown's upset election victory in Massachusetts. After Brown's election deprived Senate Democrats of the 60-vote supermajority necessary to pass the current version of ObamaCare, the House and Senate have struggled to bridge the differences between their respective versions of health legislation. In particular, one key difference has been the government-run "public plan" to compete with private insurance plans, which House liberals (including Polis) supported but which the Senate rejected.

Unfortunately, Polis' "public plan" is both bad policy and bad politics...
(Read the full text of "Polis and Health Care Reform".)

In particular, I mention the fact that Polis' views are out of step with what Americans want. Hence, he could alienate many independent voters here in Colorado.

Could a version of the Massachusetts election upset also happen here in liberal Boulder, Colorado?