During a recent Fox News segment on Bill O'Reilly, Newt Gingrich pointed out that the next several weeks offer a critical opportunity for the American people to express their First Amendment Rights on health reform. Regardless of one's political affiliation, everyone is entitled to an opinion regarding something so personal and so critical to their individual future and the future of this nation.
America still seeks solutions. Alternatives to universal health care, solutions that are going to work.
In Washington state, Steve Beren, who's running for Congress in Washington state's seventh CD, has expressed that a priority in health care reform is putting individuals in more direct contact with providers, reducing the role of insurance companies, government regulators, employers, and attorneys. He also believes there should be increased competition among health insurance carriers to provide consumers more options and more variation in benefit plans. It seems the core belief among most Americans right now is that we all want coverage that is less expensive, based on individual need, and with more choices and options for the health care consumers.
We don't want a government-run health care system that would lead to massive tax increases, and more increases in bureaucracy and delays (which would drive up costs, and decrease the quality of care). We don't want a socialized government program that would drive some of the best medical professionals out of the field, and in turn discourage talented young people from entering the field due to a lack of incentive. We don't want a reduction in services offered, nor do we remotely desire the rationing of health care services - especially on the poor and the elderly. We don't want the government making any medical or health care decisions for us, we want to keep our liberty.
Newt Gingrich has worked extensively on the issues of health and healthcare, devoting the majority of his time to advocating a transformation of the entire system. Mentioned during an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Newt believes there's an opportunity for Republicans to come together with a really bold, solid alternative for health care reform. While the Democrats continue to push for socialized, universal health care in America - the Republican party can act quickly and come up with something to rally around in September. The next 45 days are crucial.
Gingrich wants to help create a system that delivers more choices of higher quality health care at lower cost. His alternative to Obama's plan has outlined the following six straightforward steps to better healthcare:
1. Stop Paying the Crooks
2. Move from a Paper-based to an Electronic Health System
3. Tax Reform
4. Create a Health-Based Health System
5. Reform Our Health Justice System
6. Invest in Scientific Research and Breakthroughs
The last thing we need for September is a continuation of Obama's plan that raises taxes and eliminates jobs. The best plan will aim to stop fraud first and boost the economy at the same time. Newt's bold solutions become a pro jobs, pro growth plan for health care reform, a solid alternative to universal health care.