Expand Health Freedom to make it Affordable, Safe and Effective
If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to get the federal government out of the health care business so that it can be dramatically more effective, safer, easily affordable, and far more responsive to individual needs. Specifically:
• End all federal mandates on individuals and businesses to buy medical insurance, including those contained in Obamacare. End associated tax penalties.
• End all coverage mandates and restrictions on health insurance that prevent companies from selling policies that customers want to buy. Enable purchase of medical insurance plans across state lines. Existing policies may be honored until the free market is restored.
• End government guarantees, subsidies and bailouts of insurance companies, including ‘risk corridors.’
• End all federal laws and regulations that restrict use, or that drive up the cost, of drugs, medical supplies and equipment, and other health care products and services. This includes ending all regulatory powers of the Food and Drug Administration.
• Require states receiving federal Medicaid funds to similarly end all state mandates and regulations on medical care, including those on insurance, drugs, procedures, medical supplies and equipment, office visits, or laboratory tests.
• Once the market has been freed and prices plummet, quickly end all federal health care programs and subsidies, which will no longer be needed. Dramatically cut taxes and/or the deficit by the amount saved.
• Give veterans total control over their health care by putting money into individual health savings accounts to cover their lifelong medical costs for physical, emotional, or mental injuries resulting from combat. Shut down the Veterans Administration (VA).
• Privatize all federally-funded medical research and return every dollar saved to taxpayers.
Why we should replace Big Government Medicine with health freedom
- Government regulations, red tape, mandates, and subsidies drive up the cost of medical care astronomically. Americans pay perhaps five to ten times more for medical care and medical insurance than necessary.
- In a competitive marketplace free of government interference, health care costs plummet to a fraction of what Americans spend today.
- Low-cost, efficient medical providers would emerge, such as “Stitches R Us” or “Surgeries R Us,” which would offer easily-affordable options for routine procedures.
- Most people wouldn’t need or want insurance, because even catastrophic care would be affordable for most Americans.
- For others, catastrophic care insurance would cost a fraction of today’s premiums.
- Out-of-pocket costs for office visits, drugs, lab tests, and procedures would be a fraction of what Americans pay today.
- Low prices would enable phasing out of budget-busting Medicare and Medicaid programs, enabling a balanced budget and dramatically reduced federal taxes.
- The quality and safety of health care would surge, with greater competition.
- Patients would be far better informed.
- Patients would be in full control of their health care, with the option of delegating that control to whomever they chose.
- Today, thousands of government bureaucrats have access to Americans’ personal medical records.
- In a free-market health system, patients would have full control over their medical privacy.
- The quality of health care would rise dramatically while the frequency of medical malpractice would diminish.
- Better quality health care would result in less suffering, shorter waits for medical treatment, better outcomes, and longer, healthier lives.
- Medical research would accelerate discovery of cures and treatments for human disease, resulting in longer lives and less suffering.
- Veterans would get the high-quality health care they deserve, without long waits.
- People suffering from disease, including the terminally ill, would be free to use experimental drugs, giving them every chance to live long and healthy lives.
- Lobbyists representing medical insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, or medical cartels would have no business in Washington, D.C. Instead, health-care delivery would be driven by the needs of patients who seek to maximize their health, and by businesses and charities that fulfill those needs.