The American Health Care Act isn’t just a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s the start of a health care revolution.
It isn’t a proposal to return to the way things were. It’s a plan to create a system that has never existed before – a patient-centered system based on the idea that the best way to provide care for all is to focus on you – the individual.
House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed these themes in the presentation he delivered last week.
Ryan said the House’s plan is guided by four principles:
- Lower Costs
- More Choices
- Patients in Control
- Universal Access to Care
These aren’t new ideas for Ryan. The American Health Care Act is built on previous plans House Republicans have already offered.
As the House GOP’s “A Better Way” plan released in 2016 says:
“[Our plan] recognizes that health care today is a wholly integrated system, consisting of providers, insurers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and others working to deliver the best quality care. Our proposal embraces this reality but also recognizes that people must come first. A health care system is only as good as its service of the patients who rely on it.”
Ryan sounded this theme when he offered “The Patients’ Choice Act” back in 2009:
“The Patients’ Choice Act proves that America can have universal health care coverage without the government running our health care system.”
“We need a system that works for people.”
The American Health Care Act is built on the ABC’s of success: access, benefits, choices and then health savings, responsibility and rewards for all.
It’s the most important update to our health care laws since the end of World War II. Our economy is changing and so should our laws. The plan will meet the needs of America in 2040, not 1940.
The plan shifts power away from Washington and toward you. It let’s market forces, rather than government mandates, lower costs, expand access and increase choices by putting you – the individual – in charge.
It isn’t just a correction. It’s a revolution.