GOP Health Care Plan: HR 3400: Empowering Patients First Act

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An email update from Rep Tom Rooney R-FL:

This week Congress came back into session after the August recess and the debate on health care reform was at the forefront.

On Wednesday night President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to explain his goals for health care reform.  I was hoping the President had been listening to the American people over the past month, and would constructively address their concerns with his current health care proposal.  From the town hall meetings I hosted in August, it is clear to me that Floridians have had enough of the rapid expansion of government, especially when it comes to such a personal issue like health care. Yet, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats refuse to change course and continue pushing a bill on the American people that they do not want.

I have co-sponsored a bill called the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400), which focuses on increasing patients’ control over their health decisions, will make coverage more affordable, accessible and responsive, while offering more choices and the highest-quality care. This legislation includes a number of reforms that would help lower health care costs, without drastically increasing the size and scope of government or implementing tax hikes….

From the Republican Study Committee Official Web Site:

Putting Patients First!

RSC Chairman Tom Price has introduced H.R. 3400, the Empowering Patients First Act.  This is another positive solution from the Republican Study Committee that grants access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans, and is centered around the patient.  By increasing patients’ control over their health decisions, we will make coverage more affordable, accessible and responsive, while offering more choices and the highest-quality care.

This solution is centered around four main principles:

#1:  Access to Coverage for All Americans

  • The Empowering Patients First Act makes the purchase of health care financially feasible for all Americans, covers pre-existing conditions, protects employer-sponsored insurance, and shines light on existing health care plans.

#2:  Coverage is Truly Owned by the Patient

  • This legislation grants greater choice and portability to the patient, and also gives employers more flexibility in the benefits offered.  It also expands the individual market by creating several pooling mechanisms.

#3:  Improve the Health Care Delivery Structure

  • Physicians know the best care for their patient.  That’s why this legislation establishes doctor-led quality measures, ensuring that you get the quality care you need.  It also reimburses physicians to ensure the stability of your care, and encourages healthier lifestyles by allowing employers to offer discounts for healthy habits through wellness and prevention programs.

#4:  Rein in Out-of-Control Costs

  • A key concern in positive reform is reining in out-of control costs.  This legislation does this by reforming the medical liability system.  Also, the cost of the plan is completely offset through decreasing defensive medicine, savings from health care efficiencies, sifting out waste, fraud and abuse, plus an annual one-percent non defense discretionary spending step down.
  • (AWESOME! Finally someone gets a clue!-MiM)

Additional Information:

Short Summary
Detailed Summary
Section by Section Summary
Full Bill Text

RSC Press Release
Steny Shivers, Shakes at Patient-Centered Health Care Solution
Side-by-Side Comparison with the House Democrat Government Takeover (H.R. 3200)
POLITICO – “How the GOP Wants to Fix Health Care”
Chairman Price Accepts Obama’s Invitation to Examine Health Care Proposals Line-by-Line
American Thinker – “Power to the Patients, Please”
Human Events – “Health Care: The Conservative Alternative in the House”
RSC Health Care Complitation Bills

Letters of Support:
From Americans for Tax Reform
From the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
From FRC Action

Congressman Tom Rooney’s Official Site (and Videos) here

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September 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 2 comments.

Sen Jon Kyl R-AZ – ‘What will the Obama Health Care Plan mean for you?”

Courtesy of Senator Kyl

President Obama wants Congress to pass a sweeping new Washington-run health care system that would jeopardize the care most Americans already have. Such a system would likely lead to the collapse of private insurance and replace it with an enormous Washington bureaucracy that would ration the health care of all Americans.”

-Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl examines what the Obama plan for a government-run health care system would means for anyone already insured, especially seniors. Remarks made on June 16, 2009.

July 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Politics. Comments off.

Republicans outline health plan – Alex Isenstadt – POLITICO.com

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June 17, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Update: The GOP Plan: Rep. Paul Ryan: House GOP Health Care Plan: Patients’ Choice Act

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Update:  RCP The GOP Plan presented by Coburn, Burr, Ryan and Nunes:

Frankly I really like it and I am damned picky about health care reform:, Think what an amazing day it is when the GOP is proposing health care reform that incorporates the basic tenets to ensure consistent coverage with automatic enrollment and access to Congress’ plan as well as bypassing the dreaded McCarran Ferguson Act which prevents interstate federal regulation, allowing interstate policy purchases woohoo competition baby

and they eliminate the dreaded pre ex limitations. We have won a major battle to get coverage expanded by virtue of this proposal itself and frankly in our current financial situation this plan covers the immediate needs and does not cost us trillions of dollars we simply do not have….and anyone who thinks Dems in Congress and TOTUS will put thrpugh a public option are smokin rope, they will kill it; trading it away for nothing at the last minute, and say they tried!! boohoo,  leaving us with the private carriers getting a bunch of new enrollees and premiums and a govt panel to run it all like an HMO-

Remember the stories on 20/20 the HORROR of patients in HMOs denied an MRI and dying, denied EXPERIMENTAL NON FDA APPROVED treatments and people were outraged, now our own govt is preparing to act as an HMO and deny us coverage,

go Google that new Colonoscopy Scan they have that Medicare just denied coverage for…now that procedure will not be done in volume, and progress will not happen, the price will not drop, the technology will not be pursued, the cost containment method of funding health care expansion as proposed by Team TOTUS will kill genetic single person cure developments etc..

Highlights of the GOP Legislation – Patients’ Choice Act (if you like it Call your Congress Critters):

  • We have introduced a comprehensive health care reform bill, the Patients’ Choice Act that, we believe, will bring us far closer to the goal of universal coverage than the Obama plan. Our bill, in specific legislative language, does the following:
  1. we would shift health care tax benefits to individuals and families in the form of a “Medi-Choice” tax rebate worth about $2,200 for individuals and $5,700 for families. Under our plan, if you like the health care you have, you can keep it – but you’ll have more money in your pocket because you will still receive a tax rebate.
  2. The Patients’ Choice Act lowers health care costs and insurance premiums by more sensibly caring for those with chronic illnesses and those deemed “uninsurable.”
  3. In addition to innovative prevention initiatives, our plan utilizes risk adjustment mechanisms and other options at the State level – such as reinsurance and risk pools – to extend coverage to those with chronic medical conditions.
  4. we recognize that markets can’t solve all problems. That’s why our bill prevents cherry picking – when insurance companies choose to cover only healthy patients – by equalizing risk across insurance companies and reversing the perverse incentives that leave those most vulnerable with the fewest options.
  5. Our bill creates voluntary state-based solutions – state health exchanges – that will offer health insurance benefits using the same standard used for Members of Congress. Every American would have guaranteed access to coverage and care under this plan, regardless of patient age or health history.
  6. And to ensure that states get to design the solutions their patients need, states would have the freedom to form voluntary pooling arrangements with other state exchanges to diversify risk pools, ease administrative burdens and cover costs for insurance.
  7. We also provide simple new opportunities for automatic enrollment to help people who need coverage
  8. We remove the stigma from Medicaid recipients and give them the ability to purchase the health coverage and care they need from any provider. We preserve Medicaid for the blind, aged, and disabled and we eliminate widespread fraud in the programs. We do all this and still save states and the federal government about $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

COSTS excerpt:  our bill accomplishes these goals without spending any new federal money, or raising taxes. If this sounds too good to be true, we would note that the problem in health care is not that we don’t spend enough, but that Americans aren’t getting enough value for their dollars. On a per capita basis, America spends nearly twice what other industrialized nations spend on health care yet we are hardly twice as healthy.

House GOP leaders to unveil alternative health care plan

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May 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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