TMA Offers Health System Reform List to House Leaders

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TMA Offers Health System Reform List to House Leaders
In response to outreach from U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and other House Republican leaders, TMA provided a list of nine health care policy suggestions for the next Congress to consider. The House leaders asked the nation’s governors and state insurance commissioners to submit suggestions for replacing the Accountable Care Act (ACA) and improving Medicaid. Our list includes ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid reforms that are consistent both with TMA policy and with the proposals already laid out by President-Elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Most of the flaws of the ACA — its errors both of commission and omission — remain,” TMA President Don Read, MD, wrote. “We believe that the 2016 elections bring an excellent opportunity to rebuild America’s health care systems in ways that can be extraordinarily meaningful for our patients and the physicians who care for them.” The suggestions in Dr. Read’s letter include:

  • Replace the ACA premium subsidies with universal, advanceable, refundable tax credits, and repeal the ACA employer mandate;
  • Keep protection of insurance for people with preexisting conditions;
  • Enact our “Texas Medicaid Solution” to increase coverage for low-income adults;
  • Allow physicians to contract directly for any and all Medicare services; and
  • Repeal the ban on physician hospital ownership.

The TMA Board of Trustees, Council on Socioeconomics, and other entities will continue to work to identify priorities for Congress to consider.

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