Sebelius Says Health Reform Will Empower Families

In an op-ed from July 28, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says “health reform will empower families against market constraints”. She goes on to say that it’s all about just four things.

So what will reform actually look like?

First, to provide Americans with more affordable choices, we’ll set up a marketplace where you can compare plans and pick the one that’s right for you. None of the plans would be allowed to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. And one of the options should be a public plan that would increase competition and keep private insurance companies honest.

Second, we have to align incentives for doctors and hospitals so that they’re rewarded based on the quality of care they provide, not on how many tests or procedures they prescribe.

Third, we need to move from a sickness system to a wellness system. By investing in prevention and emphasizing healthy lifestyles, we can save money while improving health.

Finally, reform must not add to our deficit over the next ten years. To that end, we have already identified hundreds of billions of dollars in savings – savings from money that’s already being spent on health care, but is funding waste and overpayments to insurance companies.

Uh-huh. Just one question Secretary Sebelius – if that’s really all it’s about, why is the House bill over a thousand pages long?

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