Expand Consumer Choice

Individuals and families have no financial control over the flow of dollars in the health care sector of the American economy. Nor do individuals and families have control over the key decisions that affect them in terms of their health plans, their benefits, the medical treatments and procedures available to them in their coverage, or the terms and conditions of their coverage.

Instead, these decisions are made by third parties, particularly government officials. With Obamacare, choice is constrained and competition has been reduced, and Americans are being forced into a government one-size-fits all system. In truth, choice and competition had already been undermined by an unfair tax treatment of health insurance and personal choice and freedom have already been constrained by the massive federal entitlement programs.

Public policy should remove government control, give patients direct control over health care financing, and ensure that doctors have direct control over the delivery of health care services. To accomplish this, several policy changes are needed:

One, Obamacare must be repealed. Obamacare moves health care in the wrong direction. It takes control away from doctors and patients and puts more control into the hand of the government.

Two, enact patient-centered health care reforms: Reforms should focus on equalizing the tax treatment of health insurance to allow personal ownership of health care plans and arrangements, and inject a strong dose of choice and competition into Medicare and Medicaid so low-income Americans are empowered to escape government dependence.

Briefs

Medicare Reform

Background: Enacted in 1965, Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for 57 million persons: almost all retired Americans aged 65 and…

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Medicaid Reform

Background: Established in 1965 along with Medicare, Medicaid is a joint federal and state government run program that provides health care services to low-income Americans.…

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Fully Repeal Obamacare

Background: Passed back in 2010, Obamacare gave the federal government unprecedented control over the health insurance industry. Obamacare took control away from patients, doctors, and…

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By Melissa Quinn, senior news reporter for the Daily Signal President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, is his…

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By Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham Earlier this month, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple:…

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Preparing a Smooth Transition for the Repeal of Obamacare

By Nina Owcharenko and Edmund F. Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation It is vital that the new Administration, Congress, and state officials orchestrate a smooth and…

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Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal Plan

By Melissa Quinn, Senior News Reporter for the Daily Signal House and Senate budget leaders, along with conservative lawmakers, are beginning to unite around a…

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Professional Sentinel Strategy Call 11/10/16

Last week, conservatives working in the business, real estate, and medical industries all came together for a unique, monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the…

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No More Obamacare

By Congressman John C. Fleming, M.D. President Obama compared his failing health care law to a starter home that needs improvements. A few more major renovations…

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The Next 71 Days

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Healthcare Reform Needs to be Top Priority for Presidential Contenders

By Jason Fodeman, Sentinel Doctor and a practicing physician in Philadelphia Recently the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the premiums for the Affordable…

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Taxpayer Subsidies Won’t Fix Obamacare

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation The Affordable Care Act has a serious “affordability” problem. For President Barack Obama,…

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By Gloria Taylor A new study released last week by the New England Journal of Medicine shows the expansion of Medicaid in Oregon has led…

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Obamacare Premiums will Increase by 25 Percent Next Year

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By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday will likely highlight the “successes” of Obamacare, but…

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By Jim DeMint, President of The Heritage Foundation Back in 2010, Obamacare was like the Titanic heading off on her maiden voyage. Critics warned people…

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Stopping Another Obamacare Bailout

Special Guest Blog: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When President Barack Obama made his case to the American people for Obamacare, he promised that it would…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax…

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Obamacare Bailout Declared Illegal

Last week, an Obamacare bailout for health insurance companies was declared illegal by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). This is now the second time…

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How Bailing Out Health Insurers Creates Single-Payer Health Care

By Chris Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group The bad news for Obamacare keeps on coming. Major health carriers are leaving insurance exchanges, and other insurance…

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Grand Theft Health Insurance

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert Recently, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been aggressively lobbying Congress to ignore…

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Congress Should Stop All Obamacare Bailouts

Last Monday, Aetna Inc. announced it would stop selling health insurance on the vast majority of Obamacare state exchanges throughout the country. Aetna now joins…

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This Bill Would Stop the Obama Administration From Prioritizing Insurance Companies over Taxpayers

In order to convince health insurance companies to participate in the financially risky Obamacare exchanges, three health insurance bailout provisions were written into Obamacare including…

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