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An independent review conducted by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin has estimated that H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act – our patient-centered health care reform proposal – would, if enacted, save an estimated $2.34 trillion over the next ten years while reducing health care premium increases. This analysis confirms that the Empowering Patients First Act would have a tremendously positive impact on our nation’s health care system. It is a testament to the reform proposal’s validity and seriousness, and it confirms that patient-centered solutions can yield savings, reduce costs, and increase access.
In announcing this analysis last week, I penned an op-ed for National Review laying out the reasons why a patient-centered approach to health care reform is not only a way to lower costs but also a way to increase access to quality health care choices:
Any efforts to improve health care should not stop simply with reducing costs. The Empowering Patients First Act enhances quality of care by refocusing our attention on the needs of patients and their doctors. We can best accomplish this by removing governmental barriers to personalized health care.
Today, nearly half of all Americans rely on their employers for health insurance. If they change or lose their jobs, access to the insurance coverage they have — and may very well like — can be lost. That could mean losing the ability to see preferred doctors and being forced to find new ones who may be unfamiliar with an ongoing treatment. This is particularly problematic given that the average American worker will have between ten and twelve different employers in her lifetime. She shouldn’t have to have ten to twelve different health plans.
Our bill would allow individuals to keep their policies, even if they lose or change jobs, to cultivate a continuity of care. Americans would be able to keep their doctors, regardless of who’s paying. Medicine works best for Americans when real trust is developed between patients and their physicians. Insurance portability is critical to maintaining this vital relationship.
You can read my op-ed in its entirety by clicking here. If you would like to learn more about our positive solutions for health care reform, please check out this brief video we released on the day of the announcement, and, of course, feel free to visit our website at tom.house.gov.
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