Few challenges facing our nation today are more important than ensuring that every American has access to affordable, quality health insurance. The number of Americans living without health insurance recently rose to 47 million, and millions more are confronted with the fear of losing their current coverage. Businesses large and small are finding it increasingly difficult to provide health insurance to their employees.
A federalist approach
I would use federal incentives to deregulate, reform state health insurance
During this campaign, I have articulated a vision of healthcare reform that puts conservative, market-based principles to work in order to control healthcare costs and give every American access to affordable, quality health insurance.
Although there are many aspects of our healthcare system that demand change, the first rule of effective reform is to do no harm to those elements that are functioning well. The U.S. has the best quality healthcare in the world and is the global leader in healthcare innovation. Our medical profession attracts the best and the brightest. We have a system that maximizes individual choice and gives every American, regardless of whether they live in an urban or rural area, access to quality care. We should take care to promote policies that do not squelch the innovation and creativity that abounds in it.
My vision for healthcare reform is premised on four goals. First, we should make health insurance affordable. Second, we should give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. Third, we should give Americans the security of knowing that their health insurance is portable, so that when they change jobs or have some other occurrence in their lives, they wont lose their coverage. Finally, we should find some way to slow the rate of inflation in healthcare spending.
To meet these goals, we should focus on reforms that originate at the state level. A one-size-fits-all national system would fit no one because it ignores the very dramatic differences that exist between states and the health insurance markets in them. Thus, the federal government should facilitate reform and give states flexibility to design their own programs.
This belief in a federalist approach to healthcare reform stems from my experience as governor of Massachusetts. There, we faced unique healthcare challenges and crafted a unique solution. Our ability to come together in Boston was facilitated by the federal government, which gave us the flexibility to create a program tailored to our needs. While still in its early stages, the reforms passed during my time as governor are getting every resident of Massachusetts access to more affordable, portable, quality health insurance.
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