Commentary: A Proclamation for a new health care plan

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WHEREAS, The patriotic values of an unfettered free market must be maintained as the core of any U.S. health system and,

WHEREAS, pharmaceutical companies have been unfairly targeted by having to face public pressure for perceived unfair pricing and,

WHEREAS, The wealth of 1 percent of the highest income earners must be increased and protected in order to assure a solid economic base for the U.S. and,

WHEREAS, The health care law known as Obamacare undermined U.S. values and provided unaccountable subsidies and free healthcare to 30 million Americans and,

WHEREAS, tax credits must replace subsidies in order to preserve American wealth and,

WHEREAS, Americans must be accountable and pay their fair share for the cost of treating pre-existing health conditions, all of which are preventable and the result of bad choices and,

WHEREAS, Americans need to purchase affordable health insurance with limited coverage and,

WHEREAS, older Americans need to pay their fair share of health care costs by being charged up to five times more for health insurance than younger Americans who are healthier and,

WHEREAS, prevention programs and public health support expenditures provided in Obamacare were too much of a burden on American taxpayers and,

WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood must no longer be allowed to exist because they kill babies and,

WHEREAS, the bible must guide American law in matters of abortion, no government program should fund abortion,

WHEREAS, Mental health care and substance abuse treatment pay for bad lifestyle choices and,

WHEREAS, the American Medicaid program has provided too much welfare and shifted too many taxpayer funds away from healthier and wealthier Americans who have worked harder and longer and,

WHEREAS, retroactive Medicaid eligibility reinforces dependence on welfare and,

WHEREAS, fraud is rampant in Medicaid programs, especially by people who don't report accurate income figures.

Be It Resolved That:

In order to preserve the best of American values and make sure that sufficient funds are shifted to high income Americans so they can make sure monetary support trickles down to lower income earners,

1. Health insurance payroll taxes on high income Americans will be repealed after December 31, 2022 and,

2. The annual fee paid by branded prescription drug manufacturers will be repealed, beginning after December 31, 2016 and,

3. States will have the option to elect Medicaid block grants instead of a per capita cap for certain populations for a period of 10 fiscal years, beginning in FY and,

4. All Obamacare cost sharing subsidies will be repealed as of January 1, 2020 and,

Americans who have no insurance for 63 days prior to buying coverage shall be assessed 30 percent more for premiums and,

5. The essential health benefits requirement for those receiving alternative benefit packages will be repealed, including the expansion group, as of December 31, 2019 and,

6. The three month retroactive Medicaid coverage requirement (start eligibility "in or after" the month of application) will be eliminated beginning October 1, 2017 and,

7. A state option to require work as a condition of eligibility for non-disabled, nonelderly, nonpregnant Medicaid enrollees will be put in place as of October 1, 2017 and,

8. Eligibility re-determinations shall be required every 6 months for Medicaid expansion enrollees beginning October 1, 2017. Civil monetary penalties will increase up to $20,000 per individual for intentionally claiming Medicaid matching funds for an individual not eligible for expansion and,

9. A high risk pool shall be created for those Americans who have made bad lifestyle choices so that they pay higher premiums than hard working Americans who have fewer health problems and who have not burdened society with their health problems and

10. States will no longer be required to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment coverage in their Medicaid programs.

Therefore, the Republican Party hereby resolves to make it easier for responsible Americans to stay healthy as long as they make sensible lifestyle choices and for responsible patriotic Americans to increase their wealth by establishing these principles in a new and reformed health care system. God bless the United States of America.

Richard Davis is a registered nurse. He writes from Guilford and welcomes comments at rbdav@comcast.net. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.

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