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THE HEALTH REFORM SUMMIT—FIXING OBAMACARE

As the Democrats and GOP leaders prepare to meet with the President at the February 25 health summit, the Republicans have a big problem. They don’t have a plan. While demanding a clean-slate do-over from the Democrats, all they have to offer in return is a grab-bag of simplistic, ineffective remedies that won’t fix the problems of our unsustainable health care system. They lack the vision thing. They need to recognize the market failure at the root of the system’s dysfunction and to propose the following actions to fix it. (Note: Hyperlinks provide additional discussion for those wanting to delve further.)

First, let’s agree on our ultimate goals. Neither party has done this. Here they are:
1.    Access to affordable health insurance for all Americans
2.    Sustainable medical care affordability and value
3.    Free-rider prevention that allows universally available insurance to work
4.    Voluntary participation with no individual or employer mandates
5.    Financial protection against unaffordable, medically necessary care
6.    Individual choice of insurers, providers, and treatments
7.    Portability of coverage regardless of employment or government assistance
8.    Effective prevention of chronic diseases that now consume 75% of total medical costs

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