common sense health care reform...

  1. SparklingJewel profile image64
    SparklingJewelposted 8 years ago

    September 13, 2009
    Dear Representative
    Dear Senator
    Dear Senator

    I do hereby petition my elected officials in Congress to abandon plans for a government takeover of our health care system and instead adopt common sense, incremental health care reforms that are supported by a majority of Americans. I believe common sense health care reforms should embrace the following principles:

    1) CHOICE: the ability to choose my own plan, doctors, facilities and treatments.

    2) ACCESS: the ability to get the treatment I need, when I need it, without delay or denial of service.

    3) COST REDUCTIONS: meaningful reductions in the cost of my insurance and medical care.

    4) FAIRNESS: individuals who purchase their own insurance should receive the same tax savings as those who obtain insurance through their employers.

    5) DEFICIT NEUTRAL: there should be no increase in our national debt.

    6) PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: individuals must take responsibility for managing their health and those who make unhealthy lifestyle decisions should pay more.

    7) LIMITED GOVERNMENT: government intrusion is a major contributor to runaway health care costs and therefore reform should seek to reduce, not expand, the role of government in the health care industry.

    8) PORTABILITY: I should be able to take my insurance with me when I change jobs.

    9) PRIVACY: government should not have access to my private medical information.


    Some examples of common sense health care reforms that should be enacted include:

    1) EXPAND COMPETITION by repealing government restrictions which prevent insurance companies from offering plans across state lines.

    2) EQUALIZE TAX LAWS so employer-provided and individually-owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.

    3) ELIMINATE GOVERNMENT MANDATES that drive-up the cost of insurance for all people.

    4) ENACT TORT REFORM to end frivolous lawsuits that force doctors to practice defensive medicine and pay astronomical insurance rates.

    5) EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS coupled with high-deductible health plans to increase price transparency and create true competition by putting consumers' in-charge of spending their own health care dollars.

    6)IMPROVE PURCHASING POWER for individuals and small employers by allowing them to form purchasing pools across state lines.

    7) INCREASE PRICE TRANSPARENCY so consumers can understand the true costs of their health care and shop for the best price.

    8) REFORM MEDICARE to eliminate the projected $38 trillion in unfunded government obligations.

    9) USE SUBSIDIZED PRIVATE INSURANCE to provide coverage for the poor instead of implementing massive government-directed bureaucracies.

    10) OFFER INCENTIVES TO ENCOURANCE HEALTHLY LIFESTYLES so that individuals will take more responsibility for managing their own health.

    11) REQUIRE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP for all individuals that receive taxpayer-subsidized coverage.

    12) REQUIRE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE SAME PLAN that they impose on the American people.


    Sincerely,

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I believe these 3 are already on the table:

    1) CHOICE: the ability to choose my own plan, doctors, facilities and treatments.

    2) ACCESS: the ability to get the treatment I need, when I need it, without delay or denial of service.

    3) COST REDUCTIONS: meaningful reductions in the cost of my insurance and medical care.

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      A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Then only 9 more to go!

 
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