Ten Questions Politicians Won’t Answer on Healthcare

A must read article by Senator Tom Colburn

Now that you’ve read it, I’d like to look harder at his proposed alternative, the Patient’s Choice Act.  Here’s what Sen. Colburn’s people have to say:

“The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009,” transforms health care in America by strengthening the relationship between the patient and the doctor; using choice and competition rather than rationing and restrictions to contain costs; and ensuring universal, affordable health care for all Americans. “The Patients’ Choice Act” promotes innovative, State-based solutions, along with fundamental reforms in the tax code, to give every American, regardless of employment status, age, or health condition, the ability and the resources to purchase health insurance. The comprehensive legislation includes concrete prevention and transparency initiatives, long overdue reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, investments in wellness programs and health IT, and more.

“As a practicing physician, I have seen first-hand how giving government more control over health care has failed to make health care more affordable and accessible. The American people deserve health care reform that will work, not another round of so-called reform that repeats the same failed policies of the past. Congress and the administration have the opportunity to pursue bold reform and a fresh start. The Patients’ Choice Act will provide every American with access to affordable health care without a tax increase, more debt and waiting lines,” Dr. Coburn said.

“The American health care system needs a complete transformation,” Senator Burr said. “The Patients’ Choice Act will finally enable Americans to own their health care instead of being trapped in the current system, which leaves people either uninsured, dependent on their employer, or forced into a government program. With a focus on prevention and wellness and covering those with pre-existing conditions, the Patients’ Choice Act will make health care affordable and accessible to all Americans.”

Pretty vague.  I am impressed that he’s a doctor, though.  As others have pointed out, there seem to be a dearth of doctors actually supporting the democratic plan(s). 

The “brief summary” (which isn’t very) discusses disease prevention (including nutrition and vaccinations), creating health insurance options (such as one stop comparisons, congress benefits, restrictions on pre-existing limitations, state auto-enrollment, state pools), HSAs and tax incentives, and some Medicare and tort changes. 

It’s worth looking into.

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