As we continue to watch the American people lose their health insurance due to Obamacare, after the President repeatedly promised that Americans would be able to keep their plans, we continue to look ahead to real reform. So, what does real health care reform look like? (Download the PDF)
CONSTITUTIONAL: Real health care reform will be constitutional.
Real health care reform will improve our health care system while respecting all aspects of the constitution, with the rights of Americans to make personal choices protected and valued. We envision a country where individuals and families can be free and healthy.
COMPREHENSIBLE: Real health care reform will be comprehensible.
Real health care reform proposals will be simple and concise. You won’t need a law degree to understand the bill. It will make the health care system easier to navigate because the bill itself will be clear and easy to comprehend.
DEBT-FREE: Real health care reform will not add to the national debt.
Real health care reform will not add to the national debt or increase the deficit, which means that young people today and future generations tomorrow would be free to pursue their dreams instead of the unfair practice of paying off the debt of current and previous generations. Additionally, real reform will save taxpayers money today, as well as individual patients and health care consumers.
RELATIONSHIPS: Real health care reform will enhance the doctor-patient relationship.
Real health care reform will rebuild and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and allow patients to work with their health care providers to develop the best health care regimen that meets their needs. After all, the doctor-patient relationship is the most sacred relationship in health care, and it should be nurtured and reinforced.
FREE MARKET: Real health care reform will draw on the strengths of the free market by encouraging innovation and competition.
Real health care reform will unleash the imaginations of innovators and finally allow health care providers to expand access and provide quality care for lower prices. To do this, we must look to the same place where iPhones, Kindles, and Twitter came from – the people, not the federal government. Let’s free up the private sector so it can do what it does best, which is solve problems. Free market real health care reform equals real innovation and real job creation.
PRIVACY: Real health care reform will minimize the role of the federal government in the health care sector.
Real health care reform will ensure that what is discussed between you and your doctor, stays between you and your doctor – privacy is paramount. We all know that health care services are best delivered by health care professionals, and not by lawmakers and unelected decision-makers in Washington, DC. We want a nation where the privacy of every American is fiercly protected and maintained, especially when it concerns the very personal issue of health care.
CHARITY: Real health care reform will incorporate opportunities for the private sector to provide charitable solutions.
Real health care reform will provide opportunities for private citizens and doctors to give their time and money to help those in need. Americans are some of the most charitable people in the world, and give not only their financial resources, but also their time and talents to help those in need. In 2011, charitable contributions reached almost $300 billion, and between 2009 and 2012, almost one-third of all Americans over the age of 16 volunteered their time to assist others. People helping people is what America is all about. So let’s foster that spirit.
CHOICE: Real health care reform will increase consumer choice.
Real health care reform will increase choices for Americans by bolstering the free market and igniting innovation. Individuals and families should be empowered to make personal decisions about their health insurance and their health care services. We can only do this if the health care market is not artificially restricted by overbearing regulations. The health care system must be allowed to operate freely so that we all have as many options as possible.
TRANSPARENCY: Real health care reform will increase transparency.
Real health care reform will empower patients by making the costs of medical procedures, pharmaceuticals, and devices more transparent. In today’s health care system, it is difficult for the American people to know the cost of basic medical procedures, drugs, therapies, and medical devices. Currently, we have no incentive to shop around for better prices on basic procedures because the system lacks transparency. When patients can see how much something costs, providers have a reason to give us a better price.
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