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Steve Forbes on Health Care

2000 Republican Primary Candidate for President


Replace “gatekeepers” with health care vouchers

The key is putting patients in charge of health care resources again. There’s no need for all of these 3rd parties, HMO’s, insurers, employers, gate keepers, government bureaucracies that stand in the way. [You should] have your choice of several hundred different health care plans. If you need long-term care [or] prescriptive medicines you can choose a plan that does it. And for those on Medicaid, you should be able to have vouchers so you make the choice, not where the government tells you to go.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa , Jan 16, 2000

Give small-business employees same options as others

Source: forbes2000.com , Jul 2, 1999

Provider rights: meet customer needs; respond to market.

Health care providers and insurers should be free and encouraged to create a vibrant, dynamic private health insurance system that meets the needs of real customers, responds to the dissatisfactions in the marketplace, and treats people with dignity and respect. All American workers have the right to know how much their employer is spending on their health care, and should be free to make their own health care spending decisions and free to use Medical Savings Accounts if they want to.
Source: forbes2000.com , Jul 2, 1999

Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide as “barbaric”

Doctor-assisted suicide is the first step toward euthanasia, which is turning doctors the world over from healers into killers. With legalized assisted suicide, families will become greedy for their inheritance. People will say, “You’re using up resources that others could use.” It is a hideous, barbaric road for society to take. It encourages the elderly to believe they are obstacles, not human beings reflecting God’s image. We must fervently fight it every inch of the way.
Source: www.forbes2000.com “Moral Compass” , May 21, 1999

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