Reforming the U.S. Health Care System
Table of Contents
- I. Universal Coverage
- II. A Health Care Safety Net For The Uninsured
- III. Tax Fairness
- IV. A Rational Role For Employers
- V. Preserving Employer Options, But Rewarding Good Choices
- VI. Incentives To Reduce Waste And Inefficiency
- VII. Options For The Self-Employed
- VIII. Solution To The Special Problems Of The Uninsured
- IX. Health Insurance And Workfare
- X. The Role Of State And Local Governments
- XI. An Alternative To Medicaid
- XII. Funding Reform
Unwise government policies are largely responsible for the fact that the number of Americans without health insurance is 43 million and rising. Unwise government policies also are responsible for the fact that people who have health insurance are turning over an ever-larger share of their health care dollars to managed care bureaucracies that limit patient choices and sometimes give providers perverse incentives to deny care.
The proposals below would fundamentally alter the federal government policies that contribute to these problems. The proposals would eliminate distorted incentives, empower individuals and create new options in the health insurance marketplace.
"Unwise government policies are causing the number of people without health insurance to rise."
The proposals do not increase the financial role of government. Through tax subsidies and direct spending programs, federal and state governments already spend more than enough on health care and health insurance. Instead, the proposals would radically reorder government programs -- to make them efficient and fair.
In constructing this document, we have benefited from many discussions with health policy analysts at other think tanks; representatives from industry, the medical community and government; and members of Congress and their staffs.
However, the proposals that follow are our own and we bear full responsibility for them.