Real health care reform ought to be enacted in incremental steps that preserves patient choice, protects access to health care, and controls costs without hurting job growth, reducing patient care, or slashing Medicare for seniors. We need health care reform that puts medical decisions in the hands of doctors, families and patients, not an unaccountable bureaucracy. In such a system, individuals and families would make the key decisions and control the dollars, not government bureaucrats.
As someone who spent her professional career in health care, we must enact true reform through an approach that will:
* Protect a family's right to private coverage;
* Include real tort reform, ending frivolous lawsuits that contribute to defensive medicine and unnecessary tests and procedures;
* Allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines;
* Ensure federal funds do not subsidize abortion coverage; and
* Enhance the use of Health Savings Accounts.