Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, announced as the vice presidential pick for the Republican ticket, has a record of supporting market-driven healthcare reforms in line with the ones promoted by the partys presumptive presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Palin, 44, who was elected in a three-way race in 2006, convened a task force to propose healthcare strategies, and the effort led to a proposed law creating a state office that would provide consumers with price and quality data, as well as end the states certificate-of-need program. In her state of the state address this year, Palin said that Alaskans want healthcare in the hands of doctors, not lobbyists and lawyers. The legislation failed.
Her gubernatorial campaign Web site offers a straightforward glimpse of her approach to healthcare: I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in healthcare that is needed, and is proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down healthcare costs and reduce the need for government subsidies. I also support patients in their rightful demands to have access to full medical billing information. -- by Gregg Blesch