CF Joins 32 State Think Tanks in Offering Alternative, Patient-Centered Reforms

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:

  1. Begins with individual ownership of insurance policies.
  2. Leverages Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
  3. Allows interstate purchasing of insurance.
  4. Reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover.
  5. Reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into simple vouchers for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance.
  6. Eliminates unnecessary scope-of-practice laws and allows non-physician health care professionals practice to the extent of their education and training.
  7. Reforms tort liability laws.

The full letter and list of signatories can be found at

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.