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Romney's Health Care Reforms Would Focus On State Measures

06/14/12

  11:08:11 am, by MedBen5   , 334 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Romney's Health Care Reforms Would Focus On State Measures

Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney has vowed repeatedly to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act… but has been pretty sketchy so far on what the “replace” part would entail. At a stump speech earlier this week, however, he outlined some of the measures he would take to reform health care if he were elected president:

“Number one: The uninsured. Right now the uninsured are cared for at the state level. Each state has its own program for dealing with those that are uninsured. Some send uninsured people to clinics for care, others send them to emergency rooms.

“What I would do is keep – as we have today – state responsibility for those that are uninsured. You see I believe in the 10th Amendment. I believe the states have responsibility to care for their people in the way they feel best. But to help states care for their own uninsured, I would take the Medicaid dollars that comes with all sorts of strings attached today, send them back to the states along with something known as the DSH money, and let states care for their own people in the way they think best. […]

“I also want to make sure that people can’t get dropped if they have a preexisting condition… So, we’re going to have to make sure that the law we replace Obamacare with assures that people who have a preexisting condition – who’ve been insured in the past are able to get insurance in the future – don’t have to worry about that condition keeping them from getting the kind of health care they deserve.

“And I want these individuals and businesses to be able to buy insurance across state lines to get the best deal they can get anywhere in the country. And I wanted to be able to join associations of like types of organizations so they can get bargaining power, purchasing power, and get insurance at a reasonable rate.”

Read more of Romney’s remarks at Kaiser Health News.

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