On Saturday Americans For Prosperity Foundation held a “2013 METRO ATLANTA GEORGIA FREEDOM CONFERENCE.” In one of the sessions, two Atlanta physicians, Drs. Hal C. Scherz and Brian Hill, represented Doctors 4 Patient Care. They discussed the problems of ObamaCare. Much of this discussion was very good. It gave a good insight into the problems that doctors and patients will be facing with ObamaCare.
One of the audience members said that many people believe that ObamaCare was designed to fail. When this happens, the progressives will bring out a single payer system as the best replacement. He asked why they did not discuss a replacement for ObamaCare. Dr. Sherz said this was a good question but there was not time to discuss this. He referred us to their web site where they had a page titled, The Physician's Prescription for Health Care Reform.
On visiting the page, there were eight recommendations of which most were big government solutions.
- Increase competition by allowing individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines – They are right that state mandates are the problem, but to fix it, they support a big government solution, “A national competitive health insurance market must be established.” We do not have this problem with life insurance or auto insurance because individuals instead of employers own the insurance policies. It is the income tax incentives that cause job-based health insurance. The solution is to do away with the income tax.
- Equalize the tax treatment of money spent for health insurance by employers and individuals – Again the income tax is the problem. End the income tax and the problem is solved.
- Encourage the Health Savings Account qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HSA qualified HDHP) model as the basic structural health insurance model across the entire spectrum of health insurance options by broadening allowable use – With HSAs, big government must have a list of allowable medical expenses and this gives them control. Big government also collects data from the turned in expenses. They use the data to control us.
- Promote transparency in medical costs — A good idea. Do the doctors in this organization practice what they preach? Are they suggesting government mandate this? If we had a free market in medical care, this would occur spontaneously.
- Encourage medical liability reform – Medical liability reform may be a good idea at the state level but it is an unconstitutional idea at the national level.
- Transform Medicare into a defined contribution program – The nose of the camel is under the tent. They accept socialized medicine for the elderly. If we ended the anti saving Federal Reserve Bank and income tax, there would be less need for Medicare.
- Restructure Medicaid to assist low-income families to purchase health insurance – Medicaid is a failing big government program. Care of indigent patients should be done at the state and local levels of government. They also advocate insurance over out-of-pocket medical care. In a free market medical care system, most of medical care would be paid out-of-pocket.
- Encourage pooling – States and the federal government should remove the impediments to free market medical care.