H.R. 2520; Another Republican Healthcare Bill You Will Never Hear About

Alan-Grayson-D-FLAlan Grayson is too stupid to serve the American people.  According to Grayson (D-FL), the republicans have no healthcare reform bills being put forward.  He has stated that their plan is to have Americans “die quickly” if they get sick.  Which means, that Grayson is either lying about the republicans, or he is too stupid to know that there are at least two bills in committee that are much more palatable, and tremendously less expensive than the government-run public option that Nancy and the liberals dems are trying to cram down our throats with it’s un-Constitutional mandates, fines, and/or jail time for non-compliance.  You will just NEVER hear about them outside of best kept secrets like this little blog.

The first was H.R. 3438 sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA), and now I just heard about H.R. 2520 from Wisconsin republican, Paul Ryan.

H.R. 2520; The Patients’ Choice Act

To meet this challenge, I have proposed an alternative approach to reforming our health care system. My bill, the Patients’ Choice Act, would put patients and doctors in control of health care decisions. It fundamentally changes the mechanics of Medicaid while strengthening the promise of health care and security for all Americans. Under my proposal, discriminatory tax rules would be reformed, ensuring that everyone gets the same tax benefits for the purchase of health care regardless of where they obtain that care. Every American receives an advanceable, refundable tax credit with which to purchase portable health insurance. We continue to encourage businesses to offer health insurance by allowing the current tax incentives for businesses to remain intact. So if you like what you have, you can keep it – but it will be your decision.

Preventing Disease and Promoting Healthier Lifestyles. Each year, five chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes) cause two/thirds of American deaths; treatment of these largely preventable diseases makes up 75 percent of total health care expenditures. Critical investments in public health and disease prevention will go a long way in restraining health care costs and improving the quality of Americans’ lives.

Creating Affordable and Accessible Health Insurance Options. Our health care system should be easier to navigate and provide integrated care in a more equitable manner. A vibrant market for health insurance that is consistent and fair will allow all Americans access to health coverage. The Patient’s Choice Act of 2009 would encourage states to establish rational and reasonable consumer protections, including the following:

  • Creates State Health Insurance Exchanges to give Americans a one-stop marketplace to compare different health insurance policies and select the one that meets their unique needs

  • Gives Americans the same standard health benefits as Members of Congress, so all Americans have a wide range of choices

  • Protects the most vulnerable Americans to ensure that no individual would be turned down by a participating Exchange insurers based on age or health

  • Creates a non-profit, independent board to risk adjust among participating insurance companies to penalize companies that “cherry pick” health patients and reward insurers that encourage prevention/wellness and cover patients with pre-existing conditions

  • Helps States expand coverage through auto-enrollment at state and medical points of service, for individuals who do not select a plan at the beginning of the year

  • Gives states the ability to band together in regional pooling arrangements, as well as the creation of robust high risk pools, reinsurance markets, or risk adjustment mechanisms to cover those deemed ‘uninsurable’

Equalizes the Tax Treatment of Health Care, Empowering All Americans with Real Access to Coverage. Economic analysts across the political divide agree that the tax code is stacked in favor of the wealthy and those who get their health coverage through their employers, discriminating against the self-employed, the unemployed, and small businesses. The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 would restore fairness in the tax code and give every American, regardless of employment status, the ability to purchase health insurance by:

  • Providing an advanceable and refundable tax credit of $2,300 per individual or $5,700 per family

  • Improving the operation of Health Savings Accounts [HSAs] by allowing health insurance premiums to be paid with HSAs without a tax penalty

  • Allowing preventative services to be covered by High Deductible Health Plans

  • Increasing the amount of money an HSA owner may annually contribute to their account

Modernizing the Medicaid Benefit and Protecting Medicare Beneficiary Choice. The health security for low-income families and American seniors is threatened by the outdated formulas and exploding costs of Medicaid and Medicare. These vital programs require significant reforms to better balance value for those beneficiaries in greatest need and protection for U.S. taxpayers. The Patients’ Choice Act would make important improvements to both programs without limiting eligibility or benefits by:

  • Integrating low-income families with dependent children into higher‐quality private plans through direct assistance

  • Removing the stigma of Medicaid and providing access to the same coverage options available to all Americans

  • Realigning responsibility between federal and state governments in order to better coordinate benefits by requiring the Medicare program to assume Medicaid responsibility of premiums, cost-sharing, and deductibles for low-income seniors

  • Rebalancing long-term care services to ensure choice between institutionalized and home-based care

  • Empowering Medicare beneficiaries with more choices and more power by reforming Medicare Advantage

  • Allowing for the creation of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations that would improve payment to physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, and nurses for demonstrable improvements in quality and patient satisfaction while reducing costs

  • Requiring wealthy Medicare beneficiaries to contribute a little more for their care under Medicare Part D

Establishing Transparency in Health Care Price and Quality. For a vibrant health care market to function properly, patients must know what services cost and who provides the best service. Uniform and reliable measures of reporting quality and price information should be designed by the stakeholders in health care rather than the heavy-hand of government. The Patients’ Choice Act would bring this much needed transparency into the health care market by:

  • Empowering the private sector – rather than Washington bureaucrats – to set standards on price and quality with the input from all major stakeholders in health care, as well as the general public

  • Ensuring that measures of effectiveness keep pace with innovation

For those that would like to read the actual bill at GovTrack; go here.

So Florida; are you going to fire this lying/and/or/stupid POS next time around for the sheer insult to our intelligence?

6 thoughts on “H.R. 2520; Another Republican Healthcare Bill You Will Never Hear About”

  1. john shadegg has sponsored a bill, HR 3218, re health care also. “Improving Health Care for all Americans Act”
    there are many bills out there that are not getting any notice, as the dems have them stalled in committees. they tend to stall any bill that does not give the gov’t control over health care.

    (shadegg is my rep, so i keep up with what he is doing…..he also sponsored HR 450. this bill would require congress to specify the source of authority in the Constitution for enactment of laws)

  2. H.R.450 : To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Shadegg, John B. [AZ-3] (introduced 1/9/2009) Cosponsors (52)
    Committees: House Judiciary; House Rules
    Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
    i plan a letter campaign to see if it can be brought out of committee by a committee vote or discharge petition…..just have been tied up with other issues..

    this site lists all the gop plans that the dems keep telling us don’t exist…..
    http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare

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