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Ed Gillespie on Health Care

 


Benefits from GOP resistance to the new health law

Gillespie begins the race as a pronounced underdog. Sen. Warner, a former governor now in his first Senate term, is the most popular politician in Virginia. But Republicans in the state believe that, because of resistance to the new health law and President Obama's declining popularity, they have an opportunity to at least make the race competitive.
Source: New York Times on 2014 Virginia Senate race , Jan 9, 2014

1993: HillaryCare bureaucracy meant job-killing mandates

In the 1992 campaign, the Clinton team had done a very good job of defining a health care crisis. After winning the election, President Clinton put First Lady Hillary Clinton in charge of coming up with a plan. After months of secret meetings, the Clinton White House unveiled a massive health care proposal that featured a lot of new regulations and bureaucracies, and centered on an employer mandate.

I asked my old friends at the Joint Economic Committee to do not only an analysis of the job-killing aspect of the employer mandate, but literally draw up how the proposed new system would look on a flow chart.

We ran the resulting "bureaucracy" diagram along with the glossary of terms contained in the bill in an October 13, 1993 Wall Stre

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p. 96 , Sep 5, 2006

Market principles: portability & tort reform

Following the five principles outlined below would ensure that efficiency, affordability, and availability would prevail in the health care sector in the same ways they are taken for granted in other sectors of our economy--such as food, clothing, laptop computers, and automobiles.
  1. Consumers should pay the first dollar: Restore the primacy of the consumer as a player in the process.
  2. Coverage should be portable: In the current system, every time a worker leaves or loses a job, he or she also forfeits health care coverage.
  3. Tax treatment should be equitable: Today's tax code provides unlimited tax relief for the purchase of health insurance as long as it comes through employers; Americans purchasing individual insurance outside the workplace must pay with after-tax dollars.
  4. End the lawsuit lottery: Our current medical liability system is broken.
  5. All adults participate: 25% to 50% of the uninsured choose to forgo the purchase of health insurance.
Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.238-245 , Sep 5, 2006

Follow principles like portability & universal participation

Following the five principles outlined below would ensure that efficiency, affordability, and availability would prevail in the health care sector in the same ways they are taken for granted in other sectors of our economy--such as food, clothing, laptop computers, and automobiles.
  1. Consumers should pay the first dollar: Restore the primacy of the consumer as a player in the process.
  2. Coverage should be portable: In the current system, every time a worker leaves or loses a job, he or she also forfeits health care coverage.
  3. Tax treatment should be equitable: Today's tax code provides unlimited tax relief for the purchase of health insurance as long as it comes through employers; Americans purchasing individual insurance outside the workplace must pay with after-tax dollars.
  4. End the lawsuit lottery: Our current medical liability system is broken.
  5. All adults participate: 25% to 50% of the uninsured choose to forgo the purchase of health insurance.
Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.238-245 , Sep 5, 2006

Broken medical liability system costs $28B per year

Our current broken medical liability system serves the interest of trial lawyers at the expense of doctors and families. Doctors who have never been the subject of a lawsuit are being forced to limit or move their practices because of rising liability premiums. One in five hospitals have cut back on critical services as a result of frivolous lawsuits. OB/GYNs have left their communities to escape rising liability premiums.

Malpractice costs include lawyers' fees, damage awards, and settlements in cases in which doctors know they are innocent but settle to avoid long and costly legal proceedings. These costs are passed on to patients, and it is a particularly undue burden on lower-income families. Malpractice costs account for about 2% of health care spending, or about $28 billion per year.

Medical liability reforms would secure an injured patient's ability to get quicker compensation for economic losses, while reducing junk lawsuits and excessive jury awards that jeopardize access to care.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.244-245 , Sep 5, 2006

Reform Medicare to save affordable program for future

When communicating with voters, English beats math.

I have always taken care to make sure Republican officials add the "because clause."

"We need to cut taxes, BECAUSE tax relief will spur investment that will create jobs."

"We need to reform Medicare, BECAUSE we can provide health care more affordably while saving the program for future generations."

The "because clause" helps make sure your candidate is talking about people, not numbers.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p. 95 , Sep 5, 2006

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