America is at a healthcare crossroads. We have the best healthcare system in the world. Thats why people come here from all over the world seeking treatment. However, our system also suffers from decades of failed government mandates and wasteful bureaucracy, while excluding millions of Americans, especially low-income workers and the self-employed.
Most Americans agree we need to make health insurance more portable and affordable. In the upcoming presidential election, there will be a great debate on the best means to achieve those goals.
Many Democrats and some Republicans believe in a government-mandated healthcare system that takes its inspiration from the socialist systems of Canada, Cuba and Europe. When government mandates coverage, it inevitably sets prices, suppresses innovation and restricts access. Expanding government control increases costs and decreases quality.
Most Republicans have a different vision of healthcarean American vision of freedom, opportunity and responsibility. We want to empower individuals and families to make healthcare decisions that work best for them, instead of adding more government mandates that would restrict access to care and increase costs to our citizens. We want patients, in consultation with their doctors, to choose the medical care best for them, rather than having their care dictated by bureaucrats and accountants.
We would foster innovation in advanced medical care and medications while facilitating affordable access to them, so that Americans have the best, most up-to-date treatments that government-controlled systems fail to provide. We can improve value, increase the pace of innovation and decrease costs.
My reforms for excellence, portability and affordability in healthcare are based on these key principles: