"A health insurance tax break would really help a guy like me."
It makes no sense that people who work for companies who provide heath insurance to their employees get tax free insurance, yet people who have to pay for it themselves have to pay for it with taxed dollars.
Our government has screwed this up with tax laws. If it were totally left to our free market system, we would not have a health care problem.
Okay, look folks. Look at this thread. Everyone has had to go out and do major contortions to find their own solutions to their own individual problems -- and many replies say that only recently did they discover solutions.
The pre ex issue remains enormous. Oh, and the person to went from BCBS in one place to another . . . NO . . . that did not solve your problem. The new locale BCBS does have to take you, but they don't have to take you at the original price. They will jack your premium.
Pre ex in effect prevents you from relocating. Yes, a lot of this is state to state -- but look at this thread. Look at the contortions to find a solution -- and the solution you find will jack its prices double digit % per year.
Bush is stepping out and raising the issue. The GOP HAS TO HAVE A VOTE WINNING POSITION ON THIS BECAUSE IT WILL BE AN ENORMOUS 2008 ISSUE.
My suggestion is a federal mandate that all individual policies are, in total, a group. They get group rates and no pre ex exclusions. The insurance industry would be hit by this. The answer is a tax cut for that industry to compensate. This looks to me to be a solid tax-cutting conservative approach.