The Health Care Summit: A Chance to Start Over and Get It Right
America’s health care system is in need of change, but not change that consists of overhauling one-sixth of America’s economy by centralizing health care decisions in Washington. The cornerstone provisions of the House and Senate proposals, along with the President’s recent recommendations, would put more power in the hands of bureaucrats and politicians. The legislative process thus far has been characterized by little transparency or bipartisanship. To be successful, the health care summit must begin by setting aside the highly unpopular House and Senate bills. Simply adjusting the magnitude of these proposals or adding new “conservative” provisions does not change their fundamental direction. Congress and the Administration should instead pursue bipartisan reform that gives Americans greater personal control of health care decisions.