I think John McCain has hit the ball out of the park with his VP choice.
Among the many assets the Alaska governor brings to the Republican ticket is a bias in favor of free market health care reform. Here’s a quote that captures her general position:
I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed, and is proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down health care costs and reduce the need for government subsidies. I also support patients in their rightful demands to have access to full medical billing information.
And she puts her money where her mouth is. Earlier this year she proposed legislation that puts the above into actual practice in Alaska:
Palin last week introduced the Alaska Health Care Transparency Act to provide consumers with factual information on quality, cost and similar matters … At the same time, Palin is proposing elimination of the Alaska’s Certificate of Need process, likely to be much more controversial in health care circles.
Regular HCBS readers (Hi, Mom!) will remember that eliminating the Certificate of Need process is part of the Catron cure for health care, so it goes without saying that Governor Palin is right on this issue.
With Governor Palin on the Republican ticket, we can be pretty sure of having a free market advocate in the White House, even if McCain succombs to his age or war injuries while in office.