Replacing Obamacare with Consumer-Centered Health Reforms

I keep saying it — all the issues are the same — and the only reason we lose on any of them is because we fail to reach enough Americans with an effective presentation of what the conservative solutions are in clear terms. Health care is covered well by several think tanks, including the Galen Institute. Here is Galen’s Grace-Marie Turner:

We are stuck in a 20th century industrial model of health care in a 21st century age of information and innovation. If consumers were empowered to make their own choices with better incentives, transparent prices, and flexibility in benefits, then genuine competition—not Obamacare’s rigged competition—would flourish. The future is waiting.

Here is the introduction page for a book by Turner from the Conservative Reform Network:

From the moment President Obama signed Obamacare into law in March 2010, the American people have remained skeptical of the president’s perpetually unpopular program. Polling continues to show approval for Obamacare underwater, and it’s no surprise. Despite promises that their premiums would fall, America’s families have experienced double-digit premium increases. Despite promises that they could keep their doctors and health plans, Americans have lost both because of Obamacare. Despite promises of universal coverage, tens of millions of Americans will remain uninsured under Obamacare. Despite promises that Obamacare would bend the cost curve for health care, health inflation continues to grow.

Despite Obamacare’s flaws, simply repealing it is an inadequate policy solution, Grace-Marie Turner writes; instead, it must be replaced. Conservatives should seize this opportunity and emphasize a better, consumer-centered approach – a plan that empowers consumers, promotes a competitive market, provides security, protects the most vulnerable, and preserves the integrity of the relationship between patients and their doctors without government interference.

Read more: Conservative Reform Network