Benjamin Barr, Counsel at the Wyoming Liberty Group, first spoke with Michael about the concept of Medical Freedom Zones back in 2010. He returns to dig deeper into this proposed mechanism that would Americans to bypass the burdensome bureaucratic barriers blocking their access to affordable and/or innovative medical treatments. This government over-regulation is creating a growing demand for medical tourism; 500,000 patients sought care outside of the U.S. in 2008. Mr. Barr recently coauthored a 68-page report outlining his proposal to help these patients find the care they need in the United States rather than abroad:http://wyliberty.org/liberty-brief/medical-freedom-zones/.
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are an important tool to help patients regain control over their medical spending by letting them keep some of the money they would otherwise send directly to the government or insurance company. In this podcast with Michael Ostrolenk, Ryan Ellis of Americans for Tax Reform gives an overview of how HSAs work to benefit taxpayers. He also explains some of the recent negative changes made to HSAs by ObamaCare and what is being done to strengthen them, including Senator Orrin Hatch’s proposed Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011 – S 1098.
The U.S. Federal Government is currently borrowing 40% of every thing it spends and in March disbursements were eight times as much as income. Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed a “roadmap” to reduce deficit spending and lower our national debt, but a significant portion of his plan pushes cuts of any significance many years, if not decades, into the future. His “premium-support” Medicare plan begins for retirees in 2021. In this podcast, AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, MD and host Michael Ostrolenk explore another Medicare scenario that could begin immediately, would give Seniors more control over their care (and money), saves 2 Trillion more than Ryan, and perhaps could unwind the current Medicare Ponzi scheme that created a Medicare trust fund full of IOUs. Read more on this topic in a recent article by Dr. Orient, “Mr. Ryan, We’ll See You, and Raise You $2 Trillion”.
Both patients and doctors are often unhappy with our current medical system and it is in vogue to blame capitalism for this “market failure.” Yet often unsaid, is that for more than 50 years, the dead hand of government has gradually replaced the invisible hand of free markets in U.S. health care. Today government and insurance company bureaucrats (empowered by DC backroom deals) are firmly wedged between patients and doctors.
In this podcast Michael Ostrolenk speaks with Ralph Weber, a Canadian medical refugee and the founder of Medibid.com—a website striving to remove these third parties from the patient-doctor relationship by directly matching patients up with the physicians and facilities they need to take care of their medical needs. Mr. Weber explains how Medibid works by keeping doctors and patient as the decision makers, not strangers sitting in cubicles, and how when the free market is truly allowed to function, prices go down and quality goes up.
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The personal medical freedoms of Americans have been in many ways on the decline well before the signing of the PPACA last March and the result is often, tragically, lost lives. Patients looking to innovative, possibly life-saving medical treatments are met by bureaucratic red tape created by government agencies like the FDA and state medical boards. In this podcast, Benjamin Barr, J.D. of the Wyoming Liberty Group discusses with Michael Ostrolenk an innovative solution to resecure our lost rights – Health Care Freedom Zones.
What is hidden in ObamaCare? Even Nancy Pelosi admitted to the unknown consequences of the bill when she said, ”we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
To help us (and Nancy) find out what is in ObamaCare, Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, read the greater than 2,000 pages of the legislation passed in March. She published the findings in her new book, The Truth About ObamaCare.
AAPS Government Affairs Counsel Michael Ostrolenk interviewed Ms. Pipes, this past Wednesday, about her book as well as true free-market solutions that would re-empower patients to make their own health care decisions.