Neither do the MSM report that there are Republican alternatives to H.R. 3200.
GOP Healthcare proposals:
The current Democrat/Liberal /Progressive disinformation is one of their biggest complaints about the GOP: “The Republicans complain about the
Democrats’ health care proposals, but they don’t offer any plan of their own!”
We’ve seen that one here over and over again, up to this day.
This, of course, ignores the Reform Plan of the “Republican Health Care Solutions Group” presented in May:
The House Republican Health Care Solutions Group has been working for months on a plan, listening to the American people, talking to doctors and
patients, collecting input,and studying and debating ideas. This process has resulted in the broad outline of a health care reform plan that the
solutions group hopes will receive bipartisan support.
Link here: www.cbsnews.com...
There are actually THREE (3) Republican proposals “on the table” in Congress, and being ignored by Democrats and liberal “reform advocates.”
The three Republican bills total almost 400 pages and have been on the table since May and June.
In May, Republicans in the House and the Senate formed a bicameral coalition to produce the130-page “Patients Choice Act of 2009.”
In June, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced the “Health Care Freedom Plan,” a 41-page proposal.
And in July, the Republican Study Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), introduced H.R. 3400, the “Empowering Patients First
Act,” a 130-page plan, centered around four main principles:
The Empowering Patients First Act makes the purchase of health care financially feasible for all Americans, covers pre-existing conditions, protects
employer-sponsored insurance, and shines light on existing health care plans.
This legislation grants greater choice and portability to the patient, and also gives employers more flexibility in the benefits offered. It also
expands the individual market by creating several pooling mechanisms.
Physicians know the best care for their patient. That's why this legislation establishes doctor-led quality measures, ensuring that you get the
quality care you need. It also reimburses physicians to ensure the stability of your care, and encourages healthier lifestyles by allowing employers
to offer discounts for healthy habits through wellness and prevention programs.
A key concern in positive reform is reining in out-of control costs. This legislation does this by reforming the medical liability system. Also, the
cost of the plan is completely offset through decreasing defensive medicine, savings from health care efficiencies, sifting out waste, fraud and
abuse, plus an annual one-percent non defense discretionary spending step down.
Link here: rsc.tomprice.house.gov...
Rather than the 19 page summary so many scoffed at, Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-WI) introduced H.R. 2520, The Patient’s Choice Act, on May 20 of this year.
It was immediately referred to the House Ways and Means Committee, along with others, where it languishes to this day.
Link to H.R. 2520 here: www.govtrack.us...
Title 1 focuses on incentives for preventative medicine and healthier lifestyles. Title 2 allows for state based health care exchanges and federal
incentives for multiple states to band together, crossing state lines, to offer more choices. And the state based exchanges would be charged with
providing group rates to people across a multitude of circumstances to reduce rates.
Title 4 provides for supplemental health care assistance to low income families, along with both tax credits and advancement vouchers so they can
purchase health insurance through these group plans. Limits are also placed on excessive premium charges by private insurance companies.
Why won’t this ever see the light of day?
Among other reasons, because Titles 4 and 5 also include fiscally responsible proposals which too many despise. First, they mandate means testing for
the direct government assistance in the form of grants and advancements which would cover every American citizen who can truly not afford health
insurance. Also, Title 6 has a provision to encourage the reform and limitation of frivolous lawsuits which, along with other waste and abuse, drives
up costs across the board.
Rep. John Shadegg (R.-AZ) sponsored H.R. 3217, “The Health Care Choice Act” and HR 3218, “Improving Health Care For All Americans Act” along
with several other conservative members of the House.
Links here: www.govtrack.us...
H.R. 3217 would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate
H.R. 3218 would provide a refundable tax credit for medical costs, to expand access to health insurance coverage through individual membership
associations (IMAs), and to assist in the establishment of high risk pools.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-SC) introduced S.1324, “The Health Care Freedom Act.”
"All Americans should have a health insurance plan that they can afford, own, and keep – that government can never take over or take away. No
American should be forced into a government-run system that limits their choices and rations their care.” - Sen. Jim DeMint
The Health Care Freedom Plan would allow every American access to health insurance and according to a study by the Heritage Foundation, would cover
22.4 million currently uninsured Americans within the five years.
The Health Care Freedom Plan:
Protects the right of Americans to keep their employer-based plan if they so choose.
Provides Americans without employer-based health insurance with vouchers of $2000 for individuals and $5000 for families to purchase health insurance.
Allows Americans with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to use their HSA funds to pay for insurance premiums, encouraging employers to contribute to
their employees’ HSAs.
Creates a national market for health insurance by allowing individuals to purchase health insurance plans in any state.
Provides block grants to states to develop innovative models that ensure affordable health insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing health
Reduces predatory and frivolous malpractice lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.
Assures that every health care consumer has access to price information prior to treatment so they can make informed decisio about their care.
Repeals financial bailouts (TARP) to fund health care vouchers.
Link here: www.govtrack.us...
Of course, no one remembers that President Bush initiated a healthcare reform plan that never saw the light of day, thanks to Democrats in
“The President's plan includes two parts: reforming the tax code with a standard deduction for health insurance so all Americans get the same tax
breaks for health insurance and helping states make affordable private health insurance available to their citizens.”
None of these, of course, will come to an open vote and likely never even be read by the public. But you should know that one of the biggest lies
being foisted off on you by supporters of Obamacare is that Republicans are unwilling to get involved in a better solution. They already have. But
nobody is listening or talking about it, either in the majority or the lion’s share of the media.