The Commonwealth Foundation joined leaders from 32 other state think tanks in announcing a “patient-centered” plan for health care reform. In response to national calls for an alternative to Obamacare the joint proposal, was adapted from a national study by a team of economists led by Art Laffer.
The key principles are that health care reform:
- Begins with individual ownership of insurance policies.
- Leverages Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
- Allows interstate purchasing of insurance.
- Reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover.
- Reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into simple vouchers for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance.
- Eliminates unnecessary scope-of-practice laws and allows non-physician health care professionals practice to the extent of their education and training.
- Reforms tort liability laws.
The full letter and list of signatories can be found at PatientCenteredReform.com.
For more, check out the full report on national proposals and patient-centered alternatives and the Pennsylvania perspective in a report released by the Commonwealth Foundation.