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Friday, August 24, 2007
posted by Anonymous | 2:33 PM | permalink
Romney's Health Care plan is here. The Slides of Romney's Power Point presentation he delivered to the Florida Medical Association are located here.

The Goals of the Reform:

- First, Instituting Reforms That Make Private Health Insurance Affordable. More Americans need access to quality, private health insurance.

- Second, Providing Access To Quality Health Insurance For Every American.

- Third, Enhancing The Portability Of Private Health Insurance.

- Finally, Slowing The Rate Of Inflation In Health Care Spending.

Romney's website lists six steps to bring about change here.

As a person who actually buys private health insurance in the open market as opposed to simply being covered by an employer's plan, I am excited about the thrust of Romney's Health Care plan to foster a more robust market that makes plans more portable and encourages options.

I am also excited about the prospect of being able to buy that coverage with pre-tax dollars as workers who buy through their employers can do.

In fact, by giving that benefit to employees in traditional jobs and denying it to people who don't have an employer giving them health insurance, the tax code has actually created a disincentive from people hanging out their own shingle and working for themselves. Romney's reform will fix that.

There is a lot more to be said but one thing is clear, Romney owns this issue.
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I'm quite excited to see Romney's proposal that the Federal Government cut off state funding for emergency care to the uninsured, and redirect this money towards subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for people under 300% of the poverty level.

That was one of many great aspects of the MA plan, and I'm glad to see that in the Federal proposal as well. If states want to continue funding free riders at the ER, that's their decision.

This was the direction I hoped Mitt would go.

I am not a fan of employer based Health Care. I think it raises rates and locks you into an employer, if you have any kind of pre-existing condition like pregnancy or chronic issues. It also stifles those who would consider self-employment but would have to consider adjustment to medical benefits to do it.

If everyone had personal insurance, rates would be competitive and there would be more freedom.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2007 at 4:45 PM  

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