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

mercies of the new government plan.
  • A uniform, government-defined package of benefits. When insurance benefits are determined politically rather than by what individuals and families want in the marketplace, the benefits package expands and costs explode. Workers would pay for this more expensive coverage through lower wages, lost jobs, higher taxes, and lower-value health care, the panel says.
  • A mandate that individuals must purchase insurance. Sweeping government mandates create a conflict between escalating costs, limited resources and the false guarantee of rich coverage, often triggering price and supply controls. Positive incentives can dramatically expand coverage without resorting to a mandate. To make the mandate work, the government would have to impose binding penalties on individuals who don't comply.
  • A National Health Insurance Exchange that extends federal regulatory powers over private insurance. "This would steamroll over private choice and patient preferences by providing a vehicle to extend sweeping federal regulation into virtually every corner of our health sector," the experts warn. This would reduce choice for patients and discourage or prohibit innovation and flexibility in health insurance offerings that today are helping many companies and families balance their health costs with other needs.
  • Federal interference in the practice of medicine through a federal health board, comparative effectiveness review or other government intrusions into medical decision-making. The clear and present danger is that any centralized health board will use the cover of comparative effectiveness findings to meet budgetary bottom lines, at the expense of patients' medical needs and personal preferences. This is a particular danger to the health of people who suffer from rare conditions or who need access to specific medicines and personalized
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