by Susan A Carleson

So  many people have complained that something must be done about U.S. health care.  But the truth is that  a solution has been staring us in the face for years — about forty years, in  fact.  And it all started with Ronald Reagan.

In  1971,  California was heading toward bankruptcy because of out-of-control welfare spending, so  Governor Reagan

tapped  Robert B. Carleson to design and implement the first-ever welfare reform — and  it worked. Fraud and waste were reduced so much that the state not only remained  solvent, but was able to afford the first welfare benefit increase in over  twelve years to the state’s most needy.

Like  our founding fathers, Reagan and Carleson believed that government closest to  the people governs best.  The ultimate success of their philosophy was the  historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which freed millions of Americans from the  narcotic of dependency.

The  key was repealing the entrenched system of sending federal matching money to the  states and replacing it with a system of finite block  grants appropriately titled the Temporary Assistance to Families with  Dependent Children (TANF).  That reversed the destructive incentive for  states to steadily increase their welfare rolls and spending and instead  encouraged them to focus on those truly in need.

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