For years, FreedomWorks has urged ObamaCare opponents in Congress to enunciate very clearly what they are “for.”
We've also advocated a series of reform ideas, the top ten of which we are now pulling together into a single, easy-to-understand set of principles.
Here is what FreedomWorks is for:
A Health Care Contract with America
1) Allow everyone to maintain his current health insurance. No exceptions. (And treat everyone the same, including all Members of Congress and government employees.)
2) Allow people to own their own medical insurance and take it with them from job to job.
3) Allow all taxpayers to receive tax deductions for medical expenses, including personal Health Savings Accounts.
4) Allow insurance companies to compete across state lines.
5) Help people with pre-existing medical conditions through significant transitional block grants to states.
6) Provide all citizens advance knowledge of their health care costs (excluding medical emergencies).
7) Provide reasonable maximums for “pain and suffering.”
8) Avert Medicare’s bankruptcy by providing fewer benefits to the wealthy.
9) Allow the elderly and all doctors the choice between private insurance and Medicare.
10) Eliminate first-dollar coverage. Everyone should pay at least something for each medical service.
These principles balance boldness with achievability, injecting much-needed “patient power,” choice, and competition into the system.
It lets people choose whether to have insurance or pay for health care with cash, lets them choose the kind of insurance that actually meets their real needs (including bare bones coverage, if that's what they want), and helps them save for medical expenses without being penalized by the tax code.
(Note that the plan doesn't "throw Grandma over the cliff" -- i.e., fundamentally change Medicare in such a way that the Left can easiliy mischaracterize the reform as "harming" seniors -- nor does it force people to buy health insurance they don’t want or need [ObamaCare's individual mandate].)
If fully implemented, this plan would lower health care costs and improve access to care (as well as reduce the number of uninsured Americans) -- by voluntary rather than coercive means.
We know this reform plan will work, because we know freedom works.
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Hat tip: BadBlue News.