I have no horse in the 2012 stakes, but several smart bloggers are fans of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Despite my skepticism about any candidate who doesn’t shine on HD — McCain was the last candidate from either party who’ll be able to win the nomination without that — I think one thing Daniels-fans have going for them is a storyline few will be able to match (particularly Mitt Romney) in the aftermath of the divisive health care battle.
Indiana is one of the best success stories for innovative health coverage, with over 70 percent of the state’s public employees opting into HDHPs, delivering high rates of satisfaction while saving the taxpayers more than $20 million a year.
All for nought. Once these new reforms are implemented, Daniels will have to drop the HSA plan entirely. The high-deductible plans fail to meet the qualified coverage standards in the legislation, meaning Indiana would have to add a list of new coverages without any patient cost sharing.
This isn’t to say he’d be a great candidate. But there’s little question when it comes to confronting President Obama for his policy failures, Daniels will have a story to tell.