Commentary: Governor misses goals of federal health care reforms

Commentary: Governor misses goals of federal health care reforms


Editor’s note: Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, issued the following statement in response to Thursday’s news conference by Gov. Gina Raimondo regarding her concerns about the proposed federal American Healthcare Act, which is being advanced in Washington, D.C.

“In conference calls over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak directly with members of Congress who are crafting the new federal health care reforms. Unfortunately, the governor and others on the left do not understand the goals of these reforms; they see government-run Medicaid as the end-all, be-all when it comes to health insurance coverage; and they are spreading unnecessary fears about the proposed federal reforms. Even though Medicaid is a taxpayer-costly, low-quality insurance option, no one will be thrown off or defunded from the system.

The American Healthcare Act seeks to responsibly provide more U.S. citizens with higher-quality, more cost-effective private insurance. This will be achieved through a generous new program of tax-credits and/or payroll deductions that will give Rhode Islanders more choices and multiple new options when it comes to purchasing an insurance plan that best fits their needs. This as opposed to the one-sized-fits-all government mandated coverage that American are now forced to purchase.

Further, the state block-grant aspect of the AHA will give the governor, other lawmakers, and health care officials tremendous new flexibility to innovate when it comes to utilizing federal funds in a manner that best suits our state.”

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is a free-enterprise research and advocacy organization. The nonprofit center is funded entirely by private tax-deductible donations and never accepts public funding. The mission of the organization is to return government to the people by opposing special-interest politics and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives by restoring economic competitiveness, increasing educational opportunities, and protecting individual freedoms.

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