February 11, 2009 12:31PM

Enzi Lays Down Health Care Marker

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), the ranking Republican on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has a good op‐​ed in today’s edition of The Hill.

Enzi rather interestingly does not see Medicare Part D as an example of Congress “simply throwing more money at Medicare.”

That aside, Enzi stakes out a position against creating a new Medicare‐​like program to compete with private insurance, and against price controls in health care. Those are two of the three positions I advised free‐​market advocates to take in this op‐​ed.

The third is a firm opposition to mandates that require individuals to purchase health insurance, whether directly or through an employer. I’m sure Enzi’s saving that for his next op‐​ed.