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Conservative Alliance Outlines 6 Deal-Killers For National Health Reform
Date:4/1/2009

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical costs are rising too fast, the quality of service is uneven and too many people have difficulty getting or keeping insurance coverage. Both left and right agree on the need to reform the American health care system. But not all agree on the best way to address these problems.

Today, the Health Policy Consensus Group, a coalition of experts from market-oriented think tanks, released a statement identifying what they consider six policy deal-breakers--policies that, if included in health reform legislation expected this year, would force conservative organizations to oppose it.

The statement identifies what Robert Moffit, director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies, called "the Six Shalt-Nots" of health reform. All appear in President Obama's health plan, as well as several other proposals put together by congressional leadership. Characterizing them as "flawed prescriptions for radical change [that] should not be accepted as part of any serious and sustainable health reform proposal," the group cites the following provisions:

  • A new government-sponsored health insurance plan. The government would inevitably use its regulatory, pricing and taxing authority to favor its plan, the Consensus Group writes. A government plan could artificially under-price private plans, driving them out of this one-sided "marketplace" and leaving consumers with no coverage alternatives.
  • A move to force employers to provide health insurance. "It's a political certainty that any new health insurance tax will be set lower than the current levels at which employers now fund coverage," the experts say. That would entice many to transfer their employees' insurance coverage to the
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