Power to the People: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare with Patient Power

Published December 1, 2014

Promising “Voters will wildly and widely applaud replacing Obamacare with patient power,” Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara describes in a new Policy Brief the steps needed to do just that.

In “Power to the People: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare with Patient Power,” Ferrara notes “Obamacare can be and must be repealed and replaced by free-market, patient-centered health care reforms.” The key reforms described by Ferrara are a universal health insurance tax credit, block-granting Medicaid to the states, risk pools for the uninsurable, and health savings accounts (HSAs).

By giving Americans more control over health care decisions and more choice of providers and treatments, Ferrara explains, patient power reforms would ensure health care for all, deliver on the promise of reducing health care costs, and “reverse the Obamacare drag on the economy, restoring economic growth, jobs, and prosperity.”

Responding to the “self-appointed wise men in Washington” who say Obamacare cannot be repealed, Ferrara writes:

That fearmongering rings hollow in the light of this Heartland Policy Brief series outlining positive, populist, win-win entitlement reform that can fundamentally transform not only health care but also Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and welfare. The reforms outlined in this series can bring better benefits and higher incomes for senior citizens and the poor, and better health care for the sick.

Power to the People” is the seventh in a multi-part series Ferrara is writing on entitlement reform for The Heartland Institute.

Earlier installments in the series are available at the links below:

Peter Ferrara, “A Winning Plan for Entitlement Reform,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, December 13, 2012,https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/a-winning-plan-for-entitlement-reform

Peter Ferrara, “The Foundation for Entitlement Reform: Get American Booming Again,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, March 11, 2013, https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/the-foundation-for-entitlement-reform-get-america-booming-again?source=policybot

Peter Ferrara, “Social Security Personal Accounts: Prosperity for All,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, June 14, 2013, https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/social-security-personal-accounts-prosperity-for-all-1

Peter Ferrara, “A Better Medicare for Seniors and Taxpayers,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, February 12, 2014, https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/a-better-medicare-for-seniors-and-taxpayers

Peter Ferrara, “Block Grants for All: Liberating the Poor and Taxpayers Alike,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, May 5, 2014, https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/block-grants-for-all-liberating-the-poor-and-taxpayers-alike

Peter Ferrara, “Liberating the Poor from the Medicaid Ghetto,” Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, October 6, 2014, https://heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/liberating-the-poor-from-the-medicaid-ghetto