ECFC’s Review of the 2012 GOP Platform

8/31/2012

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The GOP platform calls for repealing the health care reform law. In addition, it calls for steps to improve quality and lower costs and to ensure consumer choice in the private sector. The Romney-Ryan Campaign plans to provide additional detail in early September. For now, we have briefly summarized key topics below. We will follow up with additional information on the Republican Platform as it becomes available and on health care-related discussions that occur at next week’s Democratic National Convention. 


Excerpts from the Republican Platform 2012
Repeal Health Care Reform:  We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: In over view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety. [A] Republican President, on the first day in office, will use his legitimate waiver authority under the law to halt its progress and then will sign its repeal.

End Tax Discrimination Against Purchase of Individual Insurance/Promote Purchasing Pools: Today’s highly mobile work force requires portability of insurance coverage that can go with them from job to job. The need to maintain coverage should not dictate where families have to live and work. Putting the patient at the center of policy decisions will increase choice and reduce costs while ensuring that services provide what Americans actually want. We must end the tax discrimination against individual purchase of insurance and allow consumers to purchase insurance across state lines.

Promote availability of health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements: While promoting “co-insurance” products and alternatives to “fee for service,” government must promote Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements to be used for insurance premiums and should encourage the private sector to rate competing insurance plans.


Promote Price Transparency: To achieve a free market in healthcare and ensure competition, we will promote price transparency so that consumers will know the actual cost of treatments before they undergo them.


Foster Personal Responsibility: Chronic diseases, many of them related to lifestyle, drive healthcare costs, accounting for 75 percent of the nation’s spending. To reduce demand, and thereby lower costs, we must foster personal responsibility while increasing preventive services to promote healthy lifestyles.