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Reducing the Cost of Health Care

Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six­-Point Plan For Comprehensive Reform At Lower Cost by Scott Atlas

Time is of the essence. America’s aging population will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Although extraordinary advances in technology offer great promise, the current trajectory of the health system, particularly under Obamacare, threatens both the sustainability of the system and the innovation essential to reaching its full potential.

It is time for a fundamentally different approach. Instead of framing reforms with the traditional trade-off, that is, “take away benefits, or raise taxes,” this plan centers on a different paradigm: restoring the appropriate incentives to increase the quality of health care and simultaneously reduce its costs. The six-point plan instills market-based competition, empowers consumers, and reduces the federal government’s authority over health care. It restores the originally intended purpose of health insurance (to protect against the risk of significant and unexpected health care costs), enhances the affordability of twenty-first-century medical care, and ensures continued innovation. Private and federal government health expenditures will conservatively decrease by trillions of dollars during the decade, and access to high quality health care will significantly improve. Perhaps most important, the reforms in this plan reflect the principles held by the American people about what they value and expect from health care in terms of access, choice, and quality.