- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a hard-right Reaganite, I was totally surprised by Lanny Davis’ column (“One health plan is popular,” Web, Nation, Monday) in which he reported on S. 334, the Healthy Americans Act (HAA), which was introduced last year by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, and Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican. HAA would solve the health care problem far better than anything else that has come out of Washington.

As every government employee knows, the government employee health program already provides portability, transparency, free-choice competition, vetting of providers and the ability every year to select a different provider, all without any micromanagement by government officials. All that is really needed is either to extend the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or set up a similar program for the rest of the country. If the Democrats are unwilling to push this solution, Republicans can. If they do, they will reap the gratitude of the American voters next November.

CARL E. OCKERT

Vienna

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