Issue Position: Realign Health Care
The competition in the health delivery system is geared to provide value to the insurer, employer or government. Most of us are faced with rising insurance premiums, higher co-pays and deductibles and the fear of losing coverage if we change jobs. Health care delivery can be realigned to provide value to you, the consumer. The recipient of the service is the only one who can hold down costs and still have choice.
Single payer systems have continually decreased payment to providers or hospitals to control costs and ultimately ration care and limit innovation and technology. From there governments legislate your activities so that you do not engage in "risky" behaviors that could cost the health delivery system more. Consumer guided and purchased health insurance through a national risk pool with multiple insurance players would allow affordability and portability.