The federal government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program ran out of money in a matter of days. The program, which pays people to trade in perfectly serviceable automobiles so the government can turn the cars into scrap, was not expected to reach the costs that it did.
Southern Arizonans must ask how President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are able to support a government takeover of our health care if the Democrat-controlled Congress can’t even administer a simple car trade-in program.
Americans demand reform in dealing with the costs of health care, but we can do better than the Obama-Giffords scheme for government nationalization, rationing and, ultimately, bankruptcy.
I believe in common sense solutions to our health care that will reduce costs immediately, while not surrendering our choices to government bureaucrats. The following is a five-point plan that can drastically reduce the costs of health care, while increasing consumer choices the day it is signed.
• First, we should enable insurance companies to sell health insurance across state lines, as they do car and life insurance.
• Second, we should allow small businesses to band together in order to increase their purchasing power and reduce their costs.
• Third, we need to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, saving us hundreds of millions a year.
• Fourth, we need tort reform in order to stop defensive medicine and rising malpractice costs.
• Fifth, we should allow individuals to be able to pay for insurance premiums through their own private, health savings accounts, with the same type of tax incentives that corporations have.
The voters of southern Arizona have a choice when it comes to health care. Rep. Giffords considers Obamacare a “moon shot.” I believe that big government takeovers should stay on the moon. Here in America, we fight for choice, low costs and quality health services.
8th Congressional District candidate