The Empowering Patients First Act.

HERMAN CAIN— (53GH) 12/27/13

Barack Obama doesn’t only lie about his illegal alien uncle. He also lies when he stands there time after time and insists Republicans have offered no alternative to ObamaCare. In fact, Republicans have offered many alternatives to ObamaCare, and one of the best comes from Congressman Tom Price, who is from my state of Georgia and is also a physician.
Known as the Empowering Patients First Act, Tom’s bill is H.R. 2300 and would save taxpayers $2.34 trillion over its first 10 years according to an analysis from Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the Congressional Budget Office. The key elements are: It extends tax deductions for health insurance to those who buy as individuals, thus eliminating the perverse incentive that favored employer-purchased insurance. It gives patients true portability by making them the owners of their insurance – not their employers. It gives doctors the real power to make treatment decisions, not insurance companies or the government. It reforms medical liability laws and thus saves money by reducing the practice of defensive medicine.
Tom’s bill is not about physicians so much as it is about empowering you, the patient, to make decisions about your own health care and to have the economic freedom and wherewithal to pay for it. The premise of ObamaCare is that everyone should accept the insurance the government wants them to have, because they think that’s what makes the system work. As we have already seen, the system doesn’t work at all. The premise of the Empowering Patients First Act is that you should be able to choose what kind of coverage you want, and where you get it.



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