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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kindergarten lessons for health care reform

Text of my commentary published in today's Washington Examiner is below:

Repeal Obamacare -- and then really reform health care
Re: "As a tax hike, Obamacare is another broken promise," Editorial, July 2
Tax versus penalty semantics aside, let's focus on repealing Obamacare and enacting focused reforms:
- Provide a targeted and sustainable safety net to assist the poor and patients with catastrophic health care costs;
- Preserve patient access to health care professionals through conscience rights and malpractice reform;
- Cut government bureaucracy and paperwork and return decision making to patients and their physicians;
- Empower consumers with insurance competition between states and portability between jobs; and
- Encourage health savings accounts that protect against unaffordable expenses and let consumers choose care and medicines through transparent pricing.
Reforming health care is unquestionably challenging, but it's not brain surgery. It works best when following basic principles most kindergartners learn: Help others up when they've fallen, keep your hands off other people's stuff and save your lunch money for when it's needed.

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