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Thursday, June 28, 2012

What next for health care reform?

The Supreme Court only tested the health care law's constitutionally, not its merits. That's for the people to decide, and a majority of Americans for the past two years have weighed the merits of the law and found it wanting.
Congress and the President now should take heed to constitutional and practical principles, stop trying to take over the world and focus instead on sensible, measured and bipartisan health care reforms:
  • Instead of increasing taxes and bankrupting businesses, craft a sustainable safety net for the poor while cutting coverage costs by increasing competition across state lines. 
  • Instead of trampling First Amendment rights with coercive contraceptives mandates, respect religious freedoms and strengthen conscience protections. 
  • Instead of kowtowing to the trial lawyers' lobby, keep physicians in medicine by reforming malpractice lawsuit excesses. 
  • Instead of cutting Medicare reimbursement rates, cut Medicare fraud. Instead of giving unelected bureaucrats the power to decide what medicines and surgeries patients receive, reduce bureaucracy and shift power away from the government and back to patients and physicians.
Given the partisan obtuseness in Washington that produced Obamacare in the first place, reforming health care may be challenging, but it's not brain surgery. Keep it simple, count the cost, follow the Constitution and listen to the people.

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