On the air
: On Kudlow at 5:45p ET and Hewitt at 7:20p ET today and on NPR Monday morning.
Just caught it as I was walking in the door. Very cool. And now I can say that I’ve started watching CNBC regularly.
Loved your COBRA comment on CNBC and your discussion of politics and leadership. President Bush touts HSAs as the solution to our current health care issues. Fine if you start saving at 20 with a clean health questionnaire. I’ve done the same thing you have which is migrate to a consulting career as our “new economy” suggests new opportunities for long-term career paths. Good political leadership would look at the challenges faced by middle-aged, middle class workers as they adapt to a changing economy. I love the current tax policy, but finding affordable health insurance continues to be a challenge. Health insurance is my number one business expense and I only have an individual policy. Social Security would become a number 2 government priority if President Bush actually had to use his HSA and accompanying insurance to purchase health care instead of running over to Bethesda at taxpayer expense. We need a transition program for middle-aged workers migrating from employer-sponsored health plans to the individual insurance market because right now those folks face high premiums and large pre-existing condition exclusions–or with the HSA option low premiums, high deductibles and large pre-existing condition exclusions–either way expensive if you actually need health care. Come next election I’m shopping for a candidate who understands that issue. I hope the internet breeds a few new candidates because I didn’t hear a good answer out of either party last election. And I understand…until I left corporate life, I had no clue what a mess the individual health insurance market was in…thought the complainers just didn’t know how to shop or weren’t willing to pay reasonable costs.
Please (if you haven’t seen this site already), please–look at this at least once in your life:
There’s another solution: universal health care. I think it’s a delusion to use a market based approach to solve this problem. It sure as hell hasn’t worked and I don’t trust HSAs one whit.
Kudlow and Co. is all well and done, but they should’ve kept Dennis Miller. The whole moving-away-from-politics thing lost my viewership.
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