Hausman Releases Health Care Platform

by scrosby on March 15, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

Third District congressional candidate Larry Hausman unveiled his plan for the country’s health care system today.

The Republican says health care costs in America started going up exponentially when the majority of families got their health insurance through employers – and didn’t care anymore how much it cost.

“And so my solution attacks the premise of how do we get people to ask how much things cost again, and the answer to that is simply: it needs to be their money,” says Hausman. “The only way they’re really going to care is if it’s their money.”

Hausman says he wouldn’t mandate it, but in his ideal system, more workers would get a pre-tax health care stipend to use in a health savings account. He also favors tort reform and allowing health insurance companies to compete across state lines.

Hausman faces four other republicans in the primary: Todd Lally, Jeff Reetz, Jerry Durbin and Brooks Wicker.

Incumbent democrat John Yarmuth is unopposed in his primary.

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Stephen Whitesidq March 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

It is disheartening to continually hear candidates from the GOP retread old ideas, rejected, before as new ideas. I would hope they be creative and look around and see areas that experiment and get results. It just seems the GOP needs a big dose daily of Geritol to help their iron poor blood.

We need incentives to move away from bad eating habits and reward exercising moving America to a healthy nation. However the GOP keeps wanting to reward the industries that profit by keeping us unhealthy and penalizing the middle class and poor with their anemic health care reforms that do not solve the short or long term problems.

Programs like Get Healthy Now at UofL is one example of inducing people to get fit and lower health care costs. The reason it is not embraced by the GOP seems very simple. It empowers people to change and does not punish them.

So, in to my third year I have lost 50 pounds and do most of my commuting & leisure travel by bicycle. And likewise my carbon footprint has lowered. It seems to go hand in hand as I seek to live healthier, I use less and less energy to maintain the same life style. I just could not sustain a out of control life style eating anything I wanted anywhere I wanted, so now I cook mostly at home my own food and it tastes better than most places, like an Ethiopian stew that is low fat and high fiber with an awesome flavor.

So we can get healthy, but we need the GOP to either get with program and stop being a lobbyists for unhealthy choices and health insurance corporations who paying less on claims & make more money insuring less people. They don’t care if we do get healthy or not. Maybe if the GOP lost more seats they might get the message. I would like to have at least two vibrant parties debating issues.

Stephen Whiteside March 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

OOPS! My last name was misspelled.

Miriam Tucker March 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

When people see a direct correlation between their health care costs and their own abysmal health habits, they are more likely to care about changing their habits. Disassociating their habits from costs leads to careless habits.

Even thought the GOP seems to be playing a primarily nay-saying role in this health care crisis, some of the reforms mentioned by Larry Houseman (that are completely ignored in the present health care bill), would go far to lowering the cost of private insurance so that more people could afford to be covered.

Getting permission for insurance companies to compete across state lines doesn’t sound very sexy but it would actually be a healthy corrective to the kind of feel-good meddling imposed by state legislatures on coverage they require insurance companies to provide in their states.

Case in point, the bill before the Kentucky State House to mandate that insurance companies provide extensive and expensive coverage for special education of autistic children. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Except anybody with a brain that can think past the legislative gesture of Public Caring will see that this will raise rates and knock even more people out of their ability to pay for insurance coverage. I happen to care very much about autistic children and I heartily agree that they need extensive special education. But how do their interests outweigh the interests of people who just need basic coverage for catastrophic medical events?

There are few legislators who are willing to admit that even were we to have government funded health care for all, our country would still be unable ( perhaps drastically more unable) to cover any and all costs associated with all the latest and greatest treatments.

Terie Blankenbaker March 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Great ideas Larry!!! It would be great to get them implemented. It’s hard to get people to take personal responsibility and to actually think they should work and pay for something (like health insurance) themselves. Too many people are looking for the government to provide solutions to every problem, or provide incentives when they don’t have self discipline to make choices without them.

Jeffrey Pain March 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

This has really got me thinking. Thanks for that. I am really looking forward to revisiting this site 🙂

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