And you know me, I'm a sucker for a good health care reform article.
Anyway, as I was reading the article he mentioned something that has been introduced in Congress called the Patient's Choice Act. He did really say much about it but it seemed to focus more on the prevention of chronic disease due to the fact that 75% of our country's health care dollars are spent treating people with chronic diseases.
So I decided to look up some information about this and see what I could find out about it.
For starters, it is a bill that was introduced in Congress by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) in May 2009.
It emphasizes choice and competition over rationing and encourages the prevention of chronic diseases by requiring the CDC to promote healthier lifestyles.
It also places more emphasis on letting the States come up with solutions for its citizens.
Its goal, not unlike the Democrat's plan, is to provide from universal coverage to all Americans by reforming the tax code to give every American the ability and the resources to purchase their own health insurance.
Here is a quote from Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma (who by the way is one of only 2 practicing physicians in Congress):
...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.....The Patients' Choice Act will provide every American with access to affordable health care without a tax increase, more debt and waiting lines."
This bill does not undermine employer-based health care. It allows the individual American to make the decision of where to spend their health care dollars. It allows for tax breaks to individuals in order to give them control over where they spend their money when it comes to health care for themselves and their families.
Here are some more quotes about the bill from Tom Coburn's website:
"[The United States] has the best doctors in the world...the best hospitals in the world.......Now America needs the best health care system in the world. The Patients' Choice Act would remove the barriers that separate Americans from high-value health care by enhancing individual purchasing power and creating rational government rules....The Patients' Choice Act would give every American the opportunity to choose the health plan that best meets their individual needs. It would utilize state-driven exchanges to facilitate real competition between private plans and give Americans..a choice of health care plans......It will truly achieve portability so that workers can take benefits with them when they change jobs......the Patients' Choice Act puts patients in control....This is the kind of change America's health care system needs..........Americans already know that government-run programs are not the solution."
Good ideas Tom but do they? Do Americans really know that government-run solutions are not the best solutions? I would truly hope so but sadly I think more and more Americans these days are beginning to depend more on the federal government to fix all of our problems and to take care of them. Sad. But true.
So I do like the idea of giving the States' more power in health care matters. Actually I am all in favor of giving the State's more power in a lot of matters but that is probably a better subject for another post.
I would not necessarily say that this is the BEST plan that anybody in Washington DC has come up with but it is certainly fathoms better than what the Obamamites and the Pelosinians have come up with.
I strongly recommend that if you have not already that you look into this plan and if you think it is better than anything the Democrats have come up and think that this is better reform than Obamacare, please write your elected officials and let them know what you think.
Here are some websites where you can find out more information about this bill:
The Patients' Choice Act @ Tom Coburn's website
Congressman Paul Ryan on the Patients' Choice Act @ his website
An Alternative to Obamacare @ Real Clear Politics