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Obamacare fix possible with changes

Riddled by hundreds of millions of dollars of lawsuits, waivers, delays, and affecting everything including the number of hours a person could work, Obamacare has had a rough road.
Despite nearly a billion dollars spent on unreliable web sites, TV ads, personal appearances, and despite all the marketing pressure — from what information is available, it appears less than 10 percent of the 30 million uninsured signed up and many more lost their insurance.
It does work for some and is a disaster for others, leaving them with unaffordable options, and some uninsured as a result.
So, what is the solution?
There are some good things in the former (unaltered) Obamacare law that should be kept and many that should be eliminated, including:.
• Establish legislation that controls frivolous malpractice lawsuits. This would create the single biggest reduction in health-care costs in America, ever. Unfortunately, with a Congress mostly made up of lawyers, this will be a challenge.
• Eliminate the penalty for not signing up, employer penalties, etc. It’s against everything American for the government to penalize someone for not buying something they don’t want. It is waived for many. Make the waiver permanent.
• Enforce payment when uninsured folks use the system. In an emergency room, I observed five people saying “I can’t pay” and leaving. No questions. Everyone using the system should provide payment. We owe it to those who care for us. For those who “can’t” pay, there must still be a process where timely payment is made and people are held accountable.
• Eliminate regulations that encourage/force employers to change the work week and place folks on part-time to avoid costs and penalties. Work-week policies should never be a part of health care.
• Eliminate the mandates. There are employer, coverage, group, and individual mandates and more — all forcing lock-step conformance to an unworkable “one size fits all” mindset; driving up costs, radically changing the workplace culture, and intruding on our Constitutional rights. Many of these are already waived or delayed. Eliminate them.
• Eliminate requirements for a national electronic patient database. Make it the patients’ responsibility to maintain their own medical records in addition those in the local doctor’s files. This not only reduces costs it enhances privacy.
• Allow the purchase of healthcare across state lines. Policies should be available nationwide.
Since this plan would reduce the number using Obamacare, the risk pool would be less. Also, since taxpayers are already carrying the cost of Medicaid and subsidizing premiums on a majority of the plans, this reduction in number, combined with resulting additional tax revenue from the private part of the healthcare industry, might even reduce tax payer costs.
Additionally, multiple paths for the uninsured to become insured would be created, achieving the goal of deconstructing our nation’s health care delivery system.
We had the best health-care system in the world. Most of us want it back. Let’s keep the option for “Freedom Plans” that “allow” us to have health care without all the whistles, bells, penalties, and costly regulations imposed by Obamacare. We can keep the good, and eliminate the rest.