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Time for Post-Obamacare Health Care

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Since HMOs came on the scene over four decades ago, health care in Minnesota has dramatically changed. Ironically, In 2014 the idea of enhancing a patient’s access to private medical practices which are not subordinated to payments from insurance companies and the micro-management of government or insurance company administrators and bureaucrats is a “new” concept for most patients and doctors in Minnesota.

Regarding government programs, in recent years Minnesota state government has allied with (nonprofit) Minnesota HMOs to “manage” the expanding Medicaid population. But Minnesota’s contracting Medicaid HMOs assume no financial “insurance” risk for this activity and are making lots of money doing it. HMOs claim that their government Medicaid contracts are “proprietary” and thus are immune from the scrutiny of policymakers and Medicaid patients and families. This must change in 2015.

Voters in the November 2014 election empowered new political leadership in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the US Congress — an opportunity and responsibility to change course on misguided health care policy. Our legislators and advocates can put forth real patient-centered health care insurance reform measures by following John Goodman’s six principles: Enhancing patient power, insurance coverage portability, choice of providers and coverage through competition, fairness, access to true health care insurance, and universal coverage.

Healthcare Solutions for
Post-Obamacare America

In keeping with a year’s worth of opinion polls, the midterm elections once again demonstrate the American electorate’s disdain for the federal takeover of the nation’s healthcare system. The question is: will the new 114th Congress pass legislation designed to correct only the surface flaws of Obamacare—or will it try to address the deeper, systemic problems that plague American healthcare? And which principles should policymakers embrace in order to craft common-sense reform?

Fortunately, Independent Institute Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, who has contributed to the healthcare debate for more than three decades, offers thoughtful answers in an insightful and timely new study, Healthcare Solutions for Post-Obamacare America

Part I of Goodman’s report looks at the six major problems of the Affordable Care Act. Part II takes a closer look at six principles for commonsense reform—choice, fairness, universal coverage, portability, patient power, and real insurance. Part III puts forth additional proposals, including four measures such as a fixed-sum tax credit, along with Goodman’s vision for a more equitable healthcare system.

Whether you’re a policymaker eager for fresh ideas or a concerned citizen who wants to better understand the causes and cures for America’s healthcare predicament, read Goodman’s diagnosis and prescription for a vitally needed contribution to the healthcare policy debate. http://www3.independent.org/click?u=http://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?id=44&s=ibd64&i=5&d=44UXU3U2-4U9Z-44YX-Z91Z-28V97556X450&e=leebeecher@aol.com&a=3540WYV2-1YWU-4W6Z-8431-2WZU6210Z968

Available as a downloadable pdf or a printed report
http://www3.independent.org/click?u=http://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?id=44&s=ibd64&i=6&d=44UXU3U2-4U9Z-44YX-Z91Z-28V97556X450&e=leebeecher@aol.com&a=3540WYV2-1YWU-4W6Z-8431-2WZU6210Z968
52 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
11 figures, 1 table
ISBN 13: 978-1-59813-202-1