A less expensive way to work with Obamacare

I am encouraged that Senator Patrick Colbeck has found a less expensive way to work with Obamacare.  He has authored two bills in this pursuit.  SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second bill, which will be introduced shortly, would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The net impact of both of these bills will be to lower healthcare costs for everyone in our state while promoting better quality of care.  This will be a free market based system that will accomplish the stated objectives of Obamacare.  This simple yet cost effective plan could be accomplished with the implementation of two waivers.

The first is to Obamacare’s “minimum essential benefit” mandate, the primary driver behind the obscene jumps in health care premiums our citizens will see in October as open enrollment begins on the government-run health exchange. Many people would simply like catastrophic insurance rather than all of the bells and whistles found in the minimum essential benefit laundry list.

The second of these waivers would be to allow government assistance eligibility information to be provided via one or more private exchanges rather than a single government-created exchange.

I support this reasonable and workable approach.

Bob Cushman - Northville

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Comment by Marc Joseph Sosnowski on July 23, 2013 at 11:46am

Thank you, Senator Colbeck. I would like to see your plan come to fruition, as described above.

Perhaps someone on these pages could cite the stated objectives of Obamacare's Affordable Care Act. Let's keep in mind that when liberals and progressives give legislation a title, the true objectives of their proposal is frequently the opposite of the plain meaning of such titles.

Cheers!
Marc Joseph Sosnowski
U.S. Taxpayers Party, 2nd Vice Chairman

Comment by patriotm1 on July 20, 2013 at 9:35pm

Senator Colbeck continues to put forth common sense ideas and efforts on many fronts.  A few more like him in Michigan and the state would be the better. 

The single government payer model per Obamacare is flawed in concept and practice and will only work to degrade health care for all Americans.

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