I thought twice about that bad pun, but in the end, couldn’t resist. After all, if Governor Daniels is going to pun on raison d’être (see video below), I can’t be backing down from a measly sense/cents play.
I’m on record that Daniels is good people (I don’t just throw Larry Bird’s name around). He spoke at CPAC and, bucking the trend set by the likes of Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and especially Donald Trump, decided to act like a grown-up:
This was just a week after penning a letter and corresponding WSJ Opinion piece to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (she of the zero tolerance) explaining the ramifications of the health care legislation on the state level. For more detail on this, you can check out the latest issue of Reason, which is a solid read, but just a few blurbs:
So what does he believe should be done? Besides jettisoning the PPACA and starting over, Daniels says that it is time both parties recognize that Medicare is “completely unsustainable,” and will need to be pared back accordingly. “When infinite demand meets finite supply, you have a problem.” And his own party, which repeatedly attacked Democrats for cutting Medicare with last year’s health care overhaul, has been unwilling admit this. That’s a problem. “I didn’t think it was a very proud moment when our party decided to denounce cuts in Medicare spending. It’s going to have to happen,” he said. “To suggest that Medicare is inviolate, that you can’t ever reduce spending—that’s not helpful.”
But the biggest change he says he’d make is to delink insurance from employment—a change that has been politically impossible because it would require many individuals to let go of their current health insurance. Letting individuals buy coverage when they’re healthy and keep it, even through job changes, would go a long way toward addressing current problems with individuals not being able to get coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
More broadly, he says he’s looking for “ways to restore the autonomy of individual Americans.” There is a “big body of evidence,” he argues, showing that when it comes to medical care, “people behave like the smart consumers they are in every other circumstance.”
All this is enough to get both Rush and Mark Levin foaming at the mouth – which leaves me simultaneously more reassured than ever that he is an extraordinarily qualified Presidential candidate and fearful that this is his high water mark.