"If you have a better idea, show it to me." That was President Barack Obama's challenge two weeks ago to House Republicans regarding health care reform. He has since called for a bipartisan forum, not to start over on health reform but to "move forward" on the "best ideas that are out there."
The best ideas out there are not those that were passed by the House and Senate last year, which consist of more spending, more regulations and more bureaucracy. If the president is serious about building a system that delivers more quality choices at lower cost for every American, here's where he should start, say Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, and John C. Goodman, President, CEO and the Kellye Wright Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis.
- Make insurance affordable.
- Make health insurance portable.
- Meet the needs of the chronically ill.
- Allow doctors and patients to control costs.
- Don't cut Medicare.
- Protect early retirees.
- Inform consumers.
- Eliminate junk lawsuits.
- Stop health-care fraud.
- Make medical breakthroughs accessible to patients.
The solutions presented here can be the foundation for a patient-centered system. Let's hope the president has the courage to embrace them, say Gingrich and Goodman.
Source: Newt Gingrich and John C. Goodman, "Ten GOP Health Ideas for Obama," Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2010.
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