Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Notable and Quotable; Health Reform: It’s Personal, Stupid!
If you want to get to the bottom of things, get personal.
June 20, 2012 - This is from June 20 "Letters to the Editor", WSJ, “ The GOP Must Be Positive and Proactive on Health Care." The writer is Hank Werronen, chief operating officer of Humana Health Plans during its start-up and national rollout, but who has no ties to Humana now.
“Your editorial on the need for a sound GOP health policy is right on target, but it is insane for the Republicans to try to forge health-care policy around ObamaCare which is totally unworkable, unaffordable, and loaded with unintended consequences."
I"t would be much wiser to build health-care reform around three principles: personal choice, personal responsibility and personal incentives. Personal choice means that people are free to choose and take with them their choice of an insurance plan, paying the difference if they choose a plan more costly than the defined contribution set by the employer- or government-sponsored plan. Personal responsibility means that people accept the responsibility to take care of their own health. Thus, even if a person has a chronic disease, he accepts the responsibility to follow the care-management plan established by his personal physician. Personal incentives means that if people take care of themselves and follow the care plan established by their physician, they will receive added financial benefits in the form of lower co-pays."
"Taken together, a bottoms-up approach to health policy centered around these principles will be far more durable and more affordable than the top-down approach around which ObamaCare is constructed. "
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Posted by Richard L. Reece, MD at 2:31 PM
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