by Merrill Matthews
Institute for Policy Innovation
February 05, 2014
The country needs a health care reform plan that would replace Obamacare, while increasing access, lowering costs and improving the quality of care—all the things Obamacare was supposed to do but doesn’t. The principles for creating a consumer driven, market-oriented health care plan that would achieve those goals have been around for years, and a number of Republicans have included them in their various reform proposals. To establish a market-oriented health care system, policy-makers should establish tax fairness, expand consumer driven options like Health Savings Accounts, cap the tax deduction for health insurance, provide help for low-income families, create a safety net for the uninsurables, privatize Medicare, give vets and Medicaid recipients vouchers, allow cross-state health insurance purchases, push malpractice reform, and shrink the Department of Health and Human Services.