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Polls show that Americans trust Democrats more Republicans on health care More than any other issue. However, they also show that conservative healthcare solutions, such as price transparency, increased choice, and competition to lower prices, are popular.
This dynamic has led to a conventional wisdom among the right-of-center Health Care Correction Society – that Americans will trust governors if we talk more about our market, state, and local policies to make care and coverage affordable.
We agree that conservatives shouldn’t shy away from discussing health care, but opinion research our organization conducted this summer suggests that a message focused too much on market fundamentalism and saving money will backfire.
First, while Americans support specific free-market health-care reform ideas, it will alienate voters if we talk about health care as if it should be a typical market business. This is because healthcare is life or death – the stakes are too high for people to accept normal market dynamics.
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For example, in healthcare, there is little concept of “wellbeing”. If a new, more effective treatment emerges, it immediately becomes the standard of care. The idea that wealthy Americans can get higher quality care than the middle class or the poor is anathema to what Americans want from the health care system.
Second, Americans already believe health insurance is too complicated, and the basic trade-off they are asked to make when choosing a plan, between paying higher premiums or exposing themselves to more financial risk, seems to be forced to gamble with their health and the health of their families. .
In the end, what Americans want from healthcare coverage is peace of mind. The idea of more choices and privatizing health insurance could be seen as adding to their stress and confusion as well as exacerbating health care inequalities if it is only interpreted in terms of saving money rather than ensuring that everyone gets the care they need.
Third, this desire for peace of mind in health care helps explain why in our research, most Americans said they prefer having laws and regulations established at the national level to provide consistency and standards across the country. This is something we must keep in mind while promoting our state and local healthcare solutions.
Fourth, although Americans give our health care system low marks on most measures (quality of care is an exception), they rate their individualized care and coverage highly. As a result, there is little support for rapid, widespread healthcare reform.
So, what are conservatives supposed to do? The answer is not to abandon our principles and embrace the left-wing socialist big government approach to health care. Nor should he be shy and suggest only marginal modifications to the system.
Instead, conservatives should embrace the goal of ensuring that every American—regardless of their income—gets quality health care at a price they can afford and harness market forces to make it happen.
Fortunately, much of our agenda can be interpreted positively in these terms. For example, ObamaCare and Medicaid plans are notorious for long wait times for appointments and tight provider networks that often exclude the best doctors. mitigation Onerous Obamacare coverage rules It would allow plans to specialize, partner with centers of excellence, and give Americans more coverage for the high-quality care they need. Making room for association health plans, cost-sharing, and direct contracting options would also give more Americans the ability to get high-quality care at a price they can afford.
The same is true with reform of need certificate laws that limit the number of healthcare providers in an area. We conservatives tend to talk about reforming these laws to promote competition to lower prices. We must also stress that the poorest Americans are the ones with the fewest caregivers, and that reform will give more people access to care.
Conservatives can satisfy the American people’s desire for consistency and standards in health care with clear national quality standards, but they allow state and local interpretation and enforcement to avoid one-size-fits-all rules. Section 1332 innovation waivers and acquiescence given by the Trump administration to states in Response to COVID-19 Provide possible models.
Conservatives must also adopt a strategy we adopted at the America First Institute for Policy, “radical gradualism”—small but significant changes that, over time, add up to widespread change.
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Price transparency in health care is a good example of this. It’s a 90% over preference problem that could dramatically change the crooked third party payer system with all the middlemen raising costs and adding confusion. However, it will be done organically and over time by patients and physicians making independent decisions, rather than through the designs of central planners in Washington.
The big government approach to health care is riddled with failures that increase health inequalities and lead to more confusion and frustration. Conservative healthcare solutions that put patients and doctors back in charge are the cure to the mess big government has created. It is time for us conservatives to take a high ethical and political stance in health care by emphasizing that our solutions not only save money, but more importantly, they save lives.
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Bobby Jindal was the governor of Louisiana from 2008 to 2016 and a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He heads the Center for Healthy America at the Institute for American Policy First.