Sunday, November 9th, 2014
MPPA Board member and Public Policy Director at the Center of the American Experiment Peter Nelson on October 1, 2014 released the CAE recommendations for health care reform in Minnesota. See http://blueprint.endorsecommunications.com/reports/Healthcare_Blueprint.pdf
Please read Peter’s report. In 2015 Republicans will assume control of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the US Senate, and after the 2014 election the GOP added to its majority in the US House. Republicans (and Democrats) will be putting forth legislative proposals with ideas like those from Peter and Ben Sasse, the new Senator-elect from Nebraska (highlighted below). So the question is: Repeal or replace Obamacare — with what?
At the coming November 13 MPPA Board meeting (6-8 PM Central Medical Building in the Midway, Conf Rm. 450) our think tank will discuss proposals, obstacles, and strategies to achieving patient-centered, consumer-directed health care in Minnesota. This will be an ongoing effort. And we want your help.
MPPA is a think tank with no dues for participants. We truly value and invite your views! See www.physician-patient.org and send your email address to join the MPPA Listserv. And invite your friends.
[From Nebraska Senator-elect Ben Sasse]
To lower costs and increase access to health care, we need to:
Level the playing field for the farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed with a tax deduction for individually-owned health insurance
End geographic mandates and allow Americans to purchase their health insurance across state lines
Dismantle the corporate insurance monopoly in health care delivery and free doctors, nurses, and new market entrants to design higher quality, lower cost care for patients
Enable individual ownership of health policies by allowing employees to take the insurance they buy with them from job to job. True insurance portability.
Modernize the healthcare system with digital technology to create better experience and higher efficiency for both patients and providers in the private sector
Increase attractiveness of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for consumers by raising the limit of allowable contributions to HSAs, expanding allowable expense categories, and extending participation to those covered by government health programs
Unlock the value of information technology for consumers by providing consumers with access to price and quality information to support their value-based decisions about health services
Protect consumers by enforcing contracts made between private parties and ensure consumers are given clear and transparent information about plans they purchase
Implement medical liability reform at the state level through strategies such as caps on non-economic damages or a “loser pays” policy to reduce junk lawsuits and defensive medicine
Streamline all federal funding to the states by reviewing each federal program for effectiveness, duplication, and whether each program should be designed and funded at the state level without interference from Washington
Give states the freedom to make Medicaid work for the most vulnerable by defining budgets and a toolkit to improve benefit designs, and demanding accountability for meeting transparent goals on coverage and quality
Enable states to meet the needs of Americans with pre-existing conditions with targeted solutions, such as appropriately funded high-risk pools, for these individuals.